I had to smile at Mr Pilbrow’s alarm concerning “the …

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

I had to smile at Mr Pilbrow’s alarm concerning “the enormous level of information” collected by Pine Gap on Australian citizens. Too late, Mr Pilbrow!
The Australian Taxation Office, Department of Social Security and Centrelink have been making Pine Gap look like a bunch of pussy cat amateurs for many years when it comes to gathering data on the average Aussie punter.
Between them, every aspect of our daily lives is covered and shared by these Big Brothers.
Mind you, I have had enormous respect for the Yanks ever since they managed to get a satellite spy camera into Colonel Gaddafi’s underground bunker all those years ago – and took revealing pics of the good Colonel sitting on the loo.
On the other hand, the Yanks’ security at Pine Gap was never too flash. Like the time in 1970 on a slow Saturday arvo when a certain Melanka lad and his girlfriend stormed the outer perimeter gate in their trusty Hillman Minx station wagon, with pet cocky in a cage on the back seat.
Got all the way to the second guard gate before confronted by the gendarmes – a swift “U” turn and did a runner, burning rubber all the way back to the Alice.
Took the cops a few hours to find the dastardly Territorists, sipping lemonade in the communal dining room. Ah, those were the days of innocence lost!

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So. Let me get this straight. 14 Climate Change Emergency activists get up on the mike with questions in thousands of words and even in song. But when it came to debating what the emergency actually was or actually entailed, they had done a runner from the gallery? So the heated air of words sort of evaporated into thin air and left answers blowing in the wind, so to speak? What did it all achieve? Anything at all? But it sounds like a good time was had by all. A good night out in the Alice. And that’s the main thing, hey?


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Erwin’s article is straight-shooting and a fair comment.
Basically he is saying that this lawyer, in failing to address the serious offences that landed teenagers in detention in the first place, is misrepresenting the balance between compassion and responsibility for ones own actions.
The word “compassion” is a political currency fast being devalued by its loudest advocates.
Our politicians latched onto it in the late 1960s – early 1970s at a time when the public social conscience was being made aware of Aboriginal and TI disadvantage.
A wonderful and positive thing in the beginning.
But the Toyota Dreaming days that accompanied it also brought an overbearing virtue signalling class of intolerant Humanistas, mainly from Down South.
So many young people became imbued with a sense of self-righteous entitlement that now far outstrips their sense of responsibility.
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The balance must be restored in public debate. By advocate lawyers especially.


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To Mary and Sue and staff and all the wonderful people who make the Old Timers a beautiful place.
You have a great big loving heart and a good soul.
The world is a better place for your caring.


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What is it about indigenous academic study that demands that it be taught in a specialised (read: insular) learning and teaching environment?
And is the concept of First Nation heritage up for debate, or is it a closed shop that does not allow the special privilege of First Nation lineage to be debated?
I would have no particular objection to it as a non-First Nation human who would not be eligible to enrol anyway. But what exactly would be its purpose? Just a thought.


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Advocating council to step in to take a role in the NT government’s debt problem is a double-edged sword.
The danger is that the role of “small government” by local council increasingly blurs the demarcation of powers between elected Parliamentarians whose role is to legislate, and elected councillors whose role is delivery of essential services eg roads maintenance, collection of rates and rubbish collection.
Local councils everywhere are stepping stones for wannabe State and Territory pollies. Local council charter is not meant to be political.


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