Three immediate thoughts arise on reading this article. My first …

Comment on Peace President Obama dispatcher of drones killing innocents by John Bell.

Three immediate thoughts arise on reading this article. My first thought is that the Chinese Embassy in Canberra and the Chinese state interests in the port of Darwin takeover and the Chinese investors in growing commercial ventures in the NT must be cheering the Pine Gap protesters from afar.
My second thought is that I am immensely saddened by the withdrawal of the American community at Pine Gap from Alice community life into “enclaves”, as Alex Nelson has noted. Very sad. Wonderful American friends whom I have known gave so much to Alice communal life through their amazing generosity of spirit down the years. The Bangtail Muster float is a small example.
My third thought is – what the heck are Kenny Rogers and Melanie Safka doing, holding the protest banner at the Pine Gap gate? Or do I need to go to Spec Savers – again? Nope. On second gecko, them thar baby Boomer hippies sure ARE Kenny and Melanie, goldarn it!

Recent Comments by John Bell

Looks like Wazza’s back
I have been asking Wazza questions of accountability for significant expenditure of Commonwealth grant funds in a charity for the Indigenous Marathon Project for six and a half years now.
As the keeper of public trust for the Aboriginal people of remote tribal communities in Lingiari, Wazza should be transparent.
He should come clean now that he remains the keeper for the next three years.
I would be very happy to get to his electoral office in Alice somehow for a cup of coffee and a couple of simple answers in the public interest.


Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?
No discussion about the state of the economy. Neither NT nor national.
The Greens everywhere avoid discussing how to repair and grow Australia’s economy like the plague.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
Warren has an unenviable task promoting Labor’s Federal fiscal policies in the Lingiari electorate with the millstone of the Gunner government financial disaster hanging around his neck.
Understandably, he distances Federal Labor from NT Labor with his response to Erwin’s questions: “The NT Government is responsible for any debt it incurs. It has a responsibility to repay it. And it will.”


Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 
@James T Smerk. There are penalties for vexatious litigants in tribunals and courts. By way of award of costs against the vexatious litigant. I speak from practical experience. However, where the decision maker is simply a departmental committee, there is no jurisdictional power to penalise, to my knowledge.


Jacinta Price spits dummy
@ Ian Sharpe, @ Charlie Carter. Lads. Felt I needed to respond.
We are three old white men with different political views. Not sure about you Charlie but neither Sharpie nor I were born in the Alice. We are both Mexicans from south of the Albury border.
I lobbed in Alice ’67 and Sharpie in the ’80s (?).
We barrack for different Melbourne footy teams. So we are chalk and cheese in that respect.
Except that I think if the three of us sat down and chatted about things that matter with personal values, I think we would find all three have very similar ciggie paper split difference ethical standards.
Like most of us who are not born Alicians of Aboriginal heritage we can only go on our own individual experiences in the Alice.
We all hold Aboriginal Alicians in the highest regard.
We all have our own individual experiences with, and perceptions of, the ladies at the heart of this article.
I make no “snide” remarks about Marcia. I speak openly as you do.
I too, Charlie, have followed Marcia closely for many years in her activism and academic career path. I say simply that she who criticises – and Marcia is definitely criticising Jacinta in the article – is not free of criticism herself. As with all of us.
Noel Pearson will attest to that. I do know that opinions are sharply divided on these two ladies of different political views, regardless of race, among the broad spectrum of all Alicians and ex-patriate Alicians.
That can be seen from other comments by readers whom I regard as friends. That is the beauty of life in the Alice, hey lads?


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