Some great comments here. I too believe in compulsory …

Comment on ‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’ by Domenico Pecorari.

Some great comments here.
I too believe in compulsory voting, but on the condition that an addition box be included on ballot papers, reading: “NONE OF THE ABOVE”.
This would give the disenfranchised voter the opportunity to register their dissatisfaction with the crops of candidates on offer, surely a vital part of any so-called democracy.
If a majority votes “None Of The Above”, then fresh elections may be called with, of course, fresh candidates.

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Alice students fire up for climate action
How disappointing to read the comments posted by Peter Wilkins, Davo and IDO, all of whom have stated classic arguments of climate change deniers, all of which have been discounted by the science. It is because of your stubborn scepticism that our youngsters have to march in the streets to have their concerns heard. Good on our students, I say, and on their informed parents.


Council: push to declare climate emergency backfires
It seems to me that some of our more thin-skinned councillors need to focus less upon their hurt feelings and read more.
As Tim Flannery writes, only today, in his opinion piece in The Conversation: “Many climate scientists think we are already so far down the path of destruction that it is impossible to stabilise the global temperature at 1.5℃ above the pre-industrial average without yet to be developed drawdown technologies such as those that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. On current trends, within a decade or so, stabilising at 2℃ will likewise be beyond our grasp.
And on the other side of that threshold, nature’s positive feedback loops promise to fling us into a hostile world. By 2100 — just 80 years away — if our trajectory does not change, it is estimated that Earth will be 4℃ warmer than it was before we began burning fossil fuels.”
If this does not constitute an emergency in their minds, I don’t know what will.
To Cr Cocking and the other progressives on council, I say: keep up the good fight.


Aboriginal flag to fly year round on Anzac Hill
Wonderful news! Now I feel real hope for Alice Springs to moving towards a true reconciliation with the original inhabitants of central Australia. Thank you Cr Satour for your persistence and a big thank you also to the traditional owners for their patience.


Minister Lawler determined to demolish Anzac High
This story is so reminiscent of the public fight to save the Alice Springs Gaol in Stuart Terrace, next to the RFDS, against a then CLP minister determined to demolish everything on the site.
Same with our Old Hartley Street School, which the council of the time wanted to demolish so as to have more car-parking!
I’d have hoped that we lived in more enlightened and culturally-aware times but, sadly, it seems not.


Gallery: no deal yet on land swap
The Alice Springs Town Council site is not only the best block in town, Hal, but it is crowned by one of the most significant architectural designs by one-time Alice Springs architect, Andrew McPhee, namely, the original Council buildings.
Andy practised in Alice between 1966 and 1984 and his body of work contributes not only to the built heritage of our town, but towards the development of a local culture, if it is not demolished first.
The tent-like design, with its wide eaves, acknowledges the Afghan connection with the site and represents an appropriate design response to our desert climate.
Only the most un-cultured amongst us could contemplate its loss.
Andy’s design achievements in Central Australia are many and include the Anglican Church in Bath Street, the extensions to OLSH School, his own Pyramid House in Andrews Court, and the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Hartley Street, for which he was awarded the NT Architecture Award for Enduring Architecture in 2017.
Being practical as well as creative, he also developed the Aputula House design for Aboriginal communities (Finke, 1974), designed to be put together by community members using a mechanic’s toolkit, and which allowed for an open fire at its centre.
In a town that has already lost many of its older historic places, we need to begin recognising the importance of our more recent built heritage and not knock everything down on the whim of unqualified politicians and so-called “civic leaders”.


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