The only “social license” required and accepted under our constitution …

Comment on If society withholds social licence, would that stop fracking? by Steve Brown.

The only “social license” required and accepted under our constitution is that of our democratically elected government!
As voters it is our responsibility to understand what a candidate stands for and to vote for or against them accordingly. Those elected are elected by a majority, that is their social license, to make decisions on our behalf.
The term social license is a relatively new mechanism foisted surreptitiously into government decision making processes by minority groups such as the greens, unhappy with a democratic process that refuses to accept their blinkered back to the dark ages philosophy.
It is part of a very deliberate and dangerous undermining of the democratic process and is rapidly becoming a threat to democratic government right around the world. The silent majority becoming more and more disillusioned, their wishes being described as populist and ignored in favor of and often tiny minority viewpoint, effected by the use of such mechanisms as social licence!
Seeking to usurp the decisions of the majority by such means clearly runs counter to the intent of democratic government itself!
Arguing that the thoughts and wishes of small gatherings of like minded activists at forums and public meetings be some how regarded as a majority view point of the general population is quite frankly bloody ridiculous!
Governments are elected to make decisions if you don’t like their decisions and the majority agrees, you can kick them out at the next election.
That’s democracy!
The most important part of any democratic decision?
The bit the world seems to have forgotten?
Is that for democracy to work, everybody, that means all sides of the debate, must accept the outcome.
When we fail to understand and accept that seemingly simple concept, then we no longer have democratic government.
So what replaces it?
I’ll answer that for you: What you see happening in Syria, that’s what replaces it, bloody mayhem.
So maybe just maybe it’s time we all took stock and started treating our democratic process with the respect they deserve, following the wishes of a majority not some of the time, or when it suits.
But all the time!
Governments need to get social licence and a huge amount of the community consult mumbo jumbo out of their language altogether, it simply amounts to procrastination, an excuse for the gutless not to decide.
Toughen up, make your decisions.
While we may run you out if we don’t like your decision, we will most certainly run you out if you sit there and procrastinate.

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!

Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?

Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!

‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]

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