Bettridge stands up for drunken yobbery.

The problems with drunken anti-social behaviour in Dean street at night are well documented and decades old.

Seems they haven’t escaped the attention of Prime newsreader Daniel Gibson who posted a brief tweet on the subject over the weekend.

Not so claims Daryl Bettridge, public drunkenness, antisocial behaviour in Dean Street? All in your head.

Bettridge’s financial and agenda driven motives for downplaying the seriousness of anti-social behaviour in Dean Street are obvious given his involvement with the liquor accord, his position on council and the fact that he is in a position whereby he makes a lot of money from the Dean Street drunks., Gibson has no such conflict of interests. In fact he’s a respected source of information “who you turn to for local news” I think is the marketing term.

To quote Bob Dylan, “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”.

Do the town a favour Daryl, resign your position on council, close your dive of a pizza shop at a sensible hour and stop providing a venue for anti-social lout behaviour and stop preventing a solution to the drunken idiocy of Dean Street you corrupt, corrupt man.

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Hi I'm Jack Stone (a pseudonym), I'm a long-time Albury resident and I think it's a great place to live and work. I have a strong interest in local events and media and I started this site because I think a different perspective is often needed when reporting local news. I take a keen interest in local politics, as well as what's going on at the state and federal level, I'm also a supporter of social justice issues, the envirionment and the need for people to have a say in the events that effect their lives. I'm a fan of the Border Bandits and I'd love to see both teams take the flag this year, and next year, and maybe the one after that too.
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2 Responses to Bettridge stands up for drunken yobbery.

  1. Dear Jack,

    First of all, unlike yourself, I have chosen to post under my actual name. This is because my parents, one of whom you heavily criticise here in this post, brought me up in a way that instilled values of honesty and transparency.

    It is your right as a citizen of Albury to criticise elected representatives, of course. However, without revealing your real name, don’t you leave yourself open to allegations of conflict of interest? We have no way of assessing your political allegiances here, nor do we know your potential financial interests in any council- or political-related matters. Making calls on conflict of interest without transparency is not a good platform for strong argument. Cr Betteridge’s business interests are out in the open and any member of the public can approach him in person to share their thoughts.

    Also, another transparency related issue — the picture you have posted above is from the Guardian newspaper, depicting a drunk woman in the UK. By not captioning the picture or citing its source, you are misleading your readers by implying that this image represents Albury drunkenness, as well as breaching copyright.

    As someone that worked in the media industry myself for a number of years, I can assure you that no journalist or media practitioner is free of conflicts of interest. Fairness, balance and factual information in media reportage are the counterweight to the inherent biases present in every person. Mr Gibson is entitled to his opinion (which he courageously voiced using his own name). But I would say that the credibility he has in the newsroom cannot necessarily be afforded to throwaway remarks he made on Twitter. In the newsroom, he is working as a professional media practitioner — on Twitter, his role is less strongly defined. Crime statistics tell a very different story to Mr Gibson’s tweet for example, and I am sure he never expected his throwaway remark to stir up such controversy.

    I welcome your contribution to independent media here on this blog, however I do not understand why you feel the need to post using a pseudonym. Perhaps it is because you are making completely unfounded and incorrect allegations (I notice the use of the word corruption here, for example).

    Cr Betteridge’s business does not sell liquor — unlike the majority of liquor accord members. Your arguments that he is against policy to reduce anti-social behavior are also misguided… it doesn’t take much of a search through the Border Mail archives to see Cr Betteridge’s strong support for improved policing, better enforcement of drinking age limits and education on responsible service and consumption of alcohol.

    If the pizza shop itself was as anti-social and unsafe an environment as you imply, I can guarantee that Cr Betteridge would never let his children, family or staff work there.

    As a policy specialist, I also note that you have also failed to suggest alternatives besides shutting things down. In terms of the broader reactions to increasing regulatory frameworks, it is usually found that such action tends to drive behaviors underground, increasing the risk of criminalisation in previously legitimised social activities and hence increasing the risks to vulnerable groups. In other words, such a policy would likely see an increase in binge drinking, domestic assaults, vandalism and crime due to activities being conducted outside the public regulatory space.

    If you have any other suggestions, I’m sure the Liquor Accord and Cr Betteridge would value your contributions and would be happy to hear them.

    Ashlee Betteridge

  2. I’ve chosen to allow your comment unedited in the interests of, what did you call it? Transparencey? Your allegiances are obvious to even the most casual observer and sufficient to render your opinion discredibly subjective if not altogether irrelevant.

    I wonder how much of your lifestyle is subsidised by the eyeballs that get swept up with the cigarette butts after closing time at your Dad’s slimy pizza dive?

    If your father intends to misuse the public office in the way that he has and play some semantic tomfoolery about “I don’t serve alcohol” he’s going to come in for some well earned criticism from a number of fronts.
    My only concern is why has it fallen down to me, a lowly “scurrilous” blogger (to quote former Wodonga Mayor Rodney Wangman) to point out this obviously corrupt situation?

    With the obvious exception of Daniel Gibson (who’s a Canberr-ian? Capital Territorian, Canberra-ite, person from Canberra) Where’s the local media? Hiding, as it always does?

    Don’t worry, your father will outlive his usefulness to the grog peddlers he serves and when he does he’ll be unceremoniously ousted. The media won’t be so standoffish or impartial then.

    You can ask Nicco Matthews all about that one.

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