Is everyone as confused as me? So, more consultants are …

Comment on Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’ by Mark Wilson.

Is everyone as confused as me? So, more consultants are needed until they serve up the desired outcome? Maybe the Minister should have said “plans for plans are well under way”.
All sounds quite a fiasco. So, fix the brief to fix the desired NT Government outcome and dress it up as consultancy. I really must be missing something. Silly me. Forgive me, please.

Recent Comments by Mark Wilson

‘Price gouging council’
Councils it seems start by setting a budget, then “do the math” to set the requisite multipliers to raise the required income.
It’s a bit like setting the price of (say) corn flakes based not on the price of corn and production costs, but on maximising the potential income before the consumers switch their choice of cereal.
Or more bluntly how much can you gouge before there’s a groundswell and the council is swept out with the incoming one, repeating the process?


2020 poll: Can Territory Alliance be a political force?
Posting that not so random photo of Mills with that poster is little more than a cheap shot. I’m disappointed.


Former Anzac Hill High School: time to take stock
Fitting that the Chief Monster is off with 100 tag-alongs doing trade business in China. Remember too the methods of the Chinese when they do “development”. They round up and evict land-owners without a second thought, and bus them off out of sight into greater poverty. No appeals. No Heritage Act. No Land Rights. In fact, few rights at all. Perhaps the delegation is picking up some tips??


Heritage Act: not worth the paper it is written on
A Town like Alice is in name only. It brought the last generation of tourists but fewer and fewer now. That town was all but destroyed over previous decades by politicians colluding or ignoring developer demolition raids at 3am. The NTG has a Heritage Act in name only as a tick a box effort until it suits them otherwise.

Alice is I suspect no longer on ‘bucket lists’. That dubious honour lies with Uluru and the cheaper direct flights so tourists, millennials and Gen Xers can FIFO for a weekend and have a “remote cultural Outback experience” around a poolside in the shadow of Uluru. All rather sad but the way of the world now. Mass tourism at its ugliest.


‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’
Seriously, it is government, or more particularly politicians who put at risk the very essence of our democracy.
Politicians listen to their constituents once every electoral cycle, when they need our vote!
After that they pretty much run their own and their party’s agendas. Any wonder there is public apathy and cynicism. Quite why the Commissioner is surprised simply amazes me.
If Australia had the Swiss system where citizen initiated referenda occur up to four times a year then we would have a much higher form of true direct democracy with less influence by lobbyists (often retired politicians) and special interest groups on the political process.
However, the Swiss system requires a much more involved and educated populace.
Here we rely on compulsory voting to suggest “authenticity” and authority to the electoral process. Sadly the writer, Iain Loganathan of the NT Electoral Commission, relies too much on enrolment numbers as an end in itself.


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