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Comment on Review, don’t celebrate Pine Gap: Alice peace group by Paul Parker.

Re: Hal Duell Posted July 30, 2017 at 6:40 am.
“For the last several years I have found the international news a riveting display of diplomacy and duplicity.”
Perhaps this should read read: For the last several years I have found the international news a riveting display of diplomacy, duplicity and stupidity for when facts are just ignored?
Jonathan Pilbrow presents an argument for NT group of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).
Whether facts are accepted or not is up to us readers.
Sometimes presented facts are not the issue.
Often the issues are not yes/no ones, but probabilities that need to be expressed in percentages, whether on balance consequences from the decision are reasonable.
Is participation in the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap reasonable to compensate for risks?
Do risks to Alice Springs outweigh benefits to the wider Australia ?
Such decisions are complicated enough, partly due Australia’s reluctance towards information being easier to access, compared to elsewhere, for example the USA.
Freely distributed information on the internet is changing this.
Consider also how presenters, media and political, still may include or exclude facts deemed inconvenient. Most presenters publish facts relevant to their proposition’s topic or issue, excluding facts deemed not relevant.
Reince Priebus, former White House communications chief, appeared reject inconvenient facts and ignoring challenges by media reporters.
Priebus adhered to the Goebbels’ principle, regarding truth as a great enemy. Such lies can only be maintained for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
When facts are inconvenient, we need to challenge them to learn.
The real challenge is our accepting the need to keep learning is something many avoid like infectious plagues.

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Boy from The Centre to address UN Human Rights Council
Australia’s governments originally contributed, promoted, and supported the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
All Australians need their governments to constantly demonstrate their commitments to the clear meanings and purposes set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nuke power way to zero emissions, or a solar shortcut?
Expect little public difference if we had 100% of the world’s nuclear materials.
Many regard the main issue to consider with nuclear energy is nuclear waste, including nuclear side-products.
Most IMHO do not accept these as safe, nor reliable, nor affordable.
Until clearer explanations, more details, greater education, concerning nuclear wastes and side-products are available, particularly these with long-term-lives, expect little change in public sentiment.
Public concern grows with political decision-makers dumbing down the public, exhibiting little interest in public involvement or consideration.

Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 
Too many pots calling kettles black.
Racism is about dividing people into separate groups, identifying them as different due ancestry, social behavior, innate capacities, and other, frequently using these to exclude or include them for “special treatment” whether this by advantage or disadvantage, also to rank then as inferior or superior.
The term “racial discrimination” means any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.
The Commonwealth continues to seriously infect the Northern Territory with its racism.

Jacinta Price spits dummy
Jacinta, your response to Erwin Chlanda of Alice Springs News is a great disappointment.
I have know Erwin Chlanda over 40 years, his work and commitment as a journalist is exceptional.
Apologise with grace, or shame yourself further.
IMHO Erwin Chlanda is well overdue for recognition by the NPC.

Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes
Around Australia corporate or natural persons as land owners, managers or others are prosecuted, found negligent and penalties are applied.
Other than racial prejudice, why are these relevant corporate land-owners (Land Trusts), their relevant corporate property managers (Land Councils), their relevant executive management boards, or other relevant individuals not prosecuted?
Frequently applied is the legal principle that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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