Perhaps the answer is to put a levy on alcohol …

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Perhaps the answer is to put a levy on alcohol sales.
This could be based sales. There was a similar thing discussed about private health cover for smokers.
Unsure who would manage the money because the NT Government is inept at managing money, plus I wouldn’t trust them.
The collected levies could be used to fund the security at the grog shops. After all they are the major contributor to this issue. (I get it’s not ideal, but short of making alcohol and illegal substance, what are the other VIABLE options?)
Perhaps it’s private security firms that need to be at the grog shops, rather than the police.
It would not be difficult to calculate the levy because the government would already know the sales figures. They should be able to do this simple number crunch.
For this out of control issue to be managed, everyone will need to feel some pain.
The fact that it has been allowed to go on for so long, only makes the pain a bit worse, initially.

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‘Profiteering’ industry must act on grog harm: Police Association
@ Chris2: I’m unsure where you get your comment from: “It’s what the majority of citizens of this town want.”
What I think people want is to be able to live their lives in peace and not be threatened, sworn at, assaulted, or have their property vandalised or stolen.
So you need police for that. Whilst standing at the grog shops is not what I call real police work, they (police) should be on the beat.
Let the taxpayer funded NGOs provide the people for the grog shops and let the police do their serve and protect of us innocent bystanders.

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@ Evelyn Roullet: What I said was that, the money is never a moot point. Moot point serves no practical value and or is hypothetical. Money does serve very practical values and is not hypothetical.
Unsure what the exact percentage of Aboriginal people is in Australia. Say 5%, assuming they are working. So from a democratic and or financial perspective, the other people assuming they are also working are contributing 95%. Does that mean they should have 95% of the vote.
This issue is about political point scoring and unfortunately the custodians are stuck in the middle of several factions with very differing agendas. Whilst I agree with your “Let them decided what they want” the reality is that if the custodians can’t make up their minds, a decision will be made for them.

@ Alex Nelson: Whilst I do apologise sincerely for the typo (I was using a phone), there is a big difference between being timid and wanting ones anonymity. Anyone that doesn’t understand that in this town is naïve. But clearly I touched a nerve with you and that’s a good thing, because at least it made you think and clearly you have some literacy skills.

Thinking big, anyone?
@ 2 Ralph Folds: Ralph, we had a very productive steel mill in Whyalla for one.
I think you may find Mt Peake CAPEX ($800m) is a pre production forecast only.

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@2 Jack Nelson: Jack disagree entirely. In this capitalist society, he who pays, makes the rules.
Like it or lump it.
The money is never a moot point.

Thinking big, anyone?
As I understand it, Australian steel has always been good quality. It was manufactured with the correct quantities of the elements that made it right for any given job. I have seen paragraphs where Australian Steel is a specification. As different to imported steels using Australian iron ore.
Whilst labour costs is Australia are quite high, compared to I guess China, the finished proven product is almost certainly worth the “extra” cost in the long run. Manufacturing in Australia was allowed to be decimated by the various governments. It costs thousands of jobs and the associated costs with that.
There is no reason why we couldn’t export steel rather than iron ore. There is no reason why we couldn’t export aluminium instead of bauxite.
Time to look at the true “costs” and pursue the sustainability that seems to be a current buzz word. Cheap should never be confused with value. There are a lot of us that want cheap and value and that is an unrealistic expectation.
The COVID-19 saga has highlighted our vulnerability to certain countries, through our own (supported by our Government) greed and short sightedness.
Time to take stock and see what is truly sustainable and start manufacturing in Australia and keeps jobs here.

Printed Centralian Advocate soon to fold
Well great news from my perspective. Everyone jumping on the support local, but the Murdoch group is hardly Local. I don’t recall ever seeing an ad from the NT Goverment in the Alice Springs News, which I think is very hypocritical considering they are one of the buy local advocates.
It just clicked, perhaps when they were told they should be advocates, the minions mistakenly thought the bosses meant to place the ads in the Advocate, instead of the local paper, the Alice Springs News!
So let’s not pretend anymore and start supporting local and now that the Advocate is gone, I guess there will be at least some ads placed by the government we own and the Town Council we also own.

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