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Comment on Hate speech report sparks trolling by Richard Bentley.

Following events in Alice Springs through Community Forum and Alice Springs News there is rarely a dull moment. It is painful however to see good people with good intentions falling out.
It seems that an internet squabble is not much different from a bar room brawl except with so many people involved it is harder to say sorry tomorrow.
I could not question Erwin’s commitment to his business or the town. As an editor he must call it as he sees it and I for one do not always agree but his paper provides a useful independent voice in the town.
Over the years I have seen many references to the services provided by Wayne Thompson, often at his own expense, to transport services in Alice Springs.
I am also acutely aware of the risks he and his employees face providing that service. This does not excuse the comments made but explains them.
Rather than litigation perhaps the protagonists can find a quiet spot to discuss their differences and get back to lifting the town spirit.

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Hopefully any inquiry will draw on the American experience in making recommendations to avoid any repetition.

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