@ Another Observer. You have identified the great structural weakness …

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@ Another Observer. You have identified the great structural weakness in the Socialist Left model of governance.
There is always a greater emphasis on spending than on revenue.
To sustain the socialist utopian state’s promises to the proletariat, the only way is to tax, tax and tax.
The Bosses-Are-Evil philosophy feeds the taxation mania. But sooner or later, human nature and fiscal reality kick in.
The socialist nanny state becomes dictatorial, power drunk, corrupt and ruthlessly controlling; fiscal responsibility goes out the back door, the “leaners” vastly outnumber the “lifters”, everyone lives off the nanny state teat, the national piggy bank runs dry, and the socialist state bubble bursts into anarchy. As the meerkat ad says on tellie: “Simples!”

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Labor, CLP discuss preference swaps: Scott McConnell
@ Stewart Hyway: At Federation there was only one organised major party in the Federal Parliament the Labour Party (later changed in 1913 to the American spelling Labor by its American leader King O’Malley).
The rest of the Parliament consisted of individuals who were never going to have any clout getting legislation passed if Labour was against it.
So after a few years they organised little groups with similar interests, developing gradually to parties with clout.
If we stop voting for the major parties, then two things are sure to happen: We will return initially to an early post-Federation of a parliament of not even one party, and MPs will be running around aimlessly pushing their own individual agenda items.
Nothing getting done.
Then, when it becomes obvious that things are a chookhouse mess, the brighter MPs will put their heads together … and hey presto! Parties are formed once more!
Human nature never changes mate. There is nothing new under the sun … especially in the power mindset of our pollies.

Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
@ Ted Egan. I note your comment “The Arranta Elders must be invited to call the shots”.
I accept your long history of very special involvement in the Aboriginal community.
In view of the reality of the current difficult tribal population mix in Alice, how do you propose this invitation should be extended?
By whom?
And how can the Arranta people call the shots in the practical day to day governance of the town?
Do you have a plan to be implemented? I am interested in your views.

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Has Alice Rotary committed to any specific action as a direct consequence of the students’ presentation?
Are there any plans for a further similar representation at a Rotary dinner or function?

Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
@ Ted Egan: Ted, I note with interest your reference to the “Bob Beadman towns” proposed so many years ago.
I first met Bob when I went to work for the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation in Canberra in 1981.
Bob was in Aboriginal Affairs. Bob showed a genuine interest in our work to promote sport for Aboriginal youth.
In 1982 when the NASF held the first ever presentation of Aboriginal national youth sport awards on Channel 7’s Sunday World of Sport in Melbourne on February 14, 1982, Bob was the first to ring us and congratulate Brian Dixon, Syd Jackson and the board.
Then in 1992 Bob was an ATSIC manager who gave evidence in the Castan human rights tribunal case. Bob has certainly been around in Aboriginal youth affairs.

Council on climate: wide-ranging action as matter of urgency
@ Alex Nelson. I respect your views as always, Alex.
However, I am a bit surprised that you draw our attention to articles on “climate change” in The Conversation.
No doubt you are aware that The Conversation has deplatformed all those who hold opposing views on this topic?
When a body of like-minded academics and scientists shut up shop and stick their fingers in their ears refusing to allow the other mob to have their say in their publication, don’t you think that tells you something?
It tells me that Galileo would not have been a subscriber to that illustrious think tank. What does it tell you, mate?

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