Firstly Liz. Let me say I admire your courage to …

Comment on Liz Martin says goodbye and good luck by Jerry Fitzsimmons.

Firstly Liz. Let me say I admire your courage to speak out.
Your commitment to our town I also acknowledge.
Your efforts to survive, which you have outlined are almost beyond belief-but like so many of us in Alice would know, having to deal with those lobbed into a position of authority, and I wish to emphasise lobbed, it can be onerous.
What you have diligently outlined is a story so many of us in the Territory have often had to grapple with.
Nowhere else in this wonderful part of Australia would the people, it appears, you have had to answer to, hold down or survive in a job.
However, one thing rest assured is certain is that those who have pulled rank on you will have to deal with, one day, what they themselves are creating-and it ain’t nice, believe me.
Liz, thank you for what you gave to Alice Springs, in many ways.

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