Crikey! You used to be able to visit the conservation …

Comment on Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists by Ian Sharp.

Crikey! You used to be able to visit the conservation reserve and picnic at the tables and seats right near the base security gate.
Long before the new Turnback sign we used to ride from Alice to the gates and return, a good 50km workout.
A few years ago a friend of mine was on a walk with other members of the Alice Field Nats when approached about what they were doing in the conservation reserve, not taken kindly.
Who draws the boundaries, how do they get extended? Get stuck into them Erwin, more power to your arm.

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@ Surprised! “It has been allowed to become sensitive. People are way too sensitive these days.”
It has become sensitive to some because people have deliberately used it to cause offence, likening coloured people to monkeys.
Heard it myself used in that ways by teenagers in Alice schools. As for people being too sensitive, well that’s a matter of opinion.
Perhaps people are less prepared to put up and shut up these days.
On a whole range of things. Like domestic violence, widely accepted when I was a kid, cops did not take it seriously.
Or groping in the workplace.
Or using words like nigger or coon, people call that out these days.
Toowoomba’s Nigger Brown stand, no longer? Golliwogs? Too sensitive? Perhaps.
Or social progress. Depends on the context, and how it was taken, not how it was intended.
IMHO Alice Springs is a place where it is unhelpful to be insensitive if we want things to improve over time.


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@ Surprised. It’s often meant as a racial slur. Even if not meant, it is how it is taken that counts.
Certainly has caused some hurt and complaint in places, check it out on the web. Monkey chants are widely used by some East European soccer fans against black players in visiting team.
Monkey references used by some in a derogatory sense against coloured people in many societies. In the context that “Liberal” used it, it could easily cause offence.
Some would call this political correctness, others would call it common decency.
Your comments re behaviours were fair enough, you just didn’t get what Ninta was referring to as racism.
You two were talking about different things. Hope this helps.


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@ Surprised. I am surprised you missed Ninti’s point. Read Liberal’s comment again … in full. Get it now?


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