Oh how the wheel goes around and around. Having spent …

Comment on Slash and burn at CDU: Alice loses out by Gavin Carpenter.

Oh how the wheel goes around and around.
Having spent a number of years on the old TAFE council, (oldies would remember that) similar happened.
The whole process was dismantled after considerable expense getting it up and running to a very satisfactory training organisation with considerable local input and involvement.
Staff who were doing a reasonable job left, many for interstate, due to bureaucracy and interference from above and the whole place collapsed.
A very sad state of affairs and a serious loss to the Territory and the students involved at the time.

Recent Comments by Gavin Carpenter

Council resignations and surprising alliances
Clowns are usually funny but there is certainly nothing funny about the local council mob.
Those that want a name change, put your hand in your pocket and pay for it, don’t suck on the council (ratepayers) nipple.
What happened 100 years ago, 1000 years ago, 5000 years ago is unchangeable just in case your unaware of this fact.
Get over it, get a life and do something constructive for society.

Stuart statue should have King Charley as opposite
Great idea. Go ahead and get another couple of statues made and placed there, plenty of room.
They would complement Stuart and each other with relevant tourist signs and information.
It would give a real lift to the historic precinct area, the Flying Doctor, Women’s museum and the reptile display.
The defaced signs on the information stand there could also be renewed and updated, telling the complete story of the area. I look forward to seeing it completed.

How not to manage government finances: The case of the NT
Well written by someone who has an understanding of finance a little above the treasury mandarins who are paid big dollars to give the government financial advice and keep them on track.
The Territory will never be in a position to repay the current Government debt and the longer the spending continues as is, the interest alone will eat up the income.
The fan will be really hit hard in the next few months when current government largesse stops or is cut back, businesses suffering now will have the wet/summer slow period to survive through, jobs will be cut further, banks are going to want their mortgage payments to start again and the average household will tighten up on spending. Not a good scenario.
I hope I am wrong.

Library no go for unaccompanied Alice teens
Well said Ted.
Maybe we will consider using the library again if there are no more games of hidee and chasey around the book shelves by unruly kids.

Thinking big, anyone?
So the wheel goes around again. It was a big talking point 50(?) years ago with Lang Hancock in WA and Joh in Queensland.
Prior to the Alice Darwin rail happening, a presentation in Tennant by Tim Fisher talked in detail about the east west and north south rail lines being essential to the growth of the north, a very interesting concept.
Unfortunately, the majority of the Federal pollies live on the eastern seaboard and have no idea of anything much past their front door.
They also seem to have little desire to learn or support much past their electoral boundary where any funds expended give little help to getting them re elected. Fortunately through hard work and a lot of luck the north south line has eventuated, perhaps one day in the far distant future an east west line may come about.

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