Whilst you can’t argue with removing cattle from semi-arid areas …

Comment on Answers on cattle station turning carbon sink by Bob Durnan.

Whilst you can’t argue with removing cattle from semi-arid areas that are subject to major erosion and dust storms even without their presence, this purchase – based on a carbon-sink rationale – does seem a bit counter-intuitive: why would you choose to put a “carbon farm” pilot project in a semi-arid area which can’t support a high vegetation/high carbon load, and is subject to regular buffel-fuelled high intensity fire events wiping out most of whatever vegetation does manage to grow …
However, Tony @2: I think the point of this agricultural (pastoral? horticultural?) experiment was not so much supposed to be the removal of methane generation, but rather the storage of carbon, in in wood and foliage and roots etc.
Robin @1: I don’t see any sense in worrying about this or other carbon-abatement strategies being “a plot to destroy Australia and turn us into a lot of backward drones”. The reality is that we and other existing life forms have evolved in a certain range of atmospheric carbon levels, and many of us are likely to find it extremely difficult to cope with some of the consequences of the (relatively) rapidly changing carbon balance, because of the likely consequences in a whole range of areas, not least the increasingly extreme weather events and temperature cycles. If countries like Australia don’t lead by example (the way Europe, California and parts of China are), with effective policies appropriate to our wealth and consumption levels, it is not likely that many much poorer countries, such as India, Indonesia and Pakistan, and most others in our region, will be persuaded to take much action at all. And if they don’t take action, we will be really in the shit. Australia will be in a much stronger position to pressure them if we establish an effective carbon-offsets trading scheme, and also halt the rate of increased carbon generation, or even reduce our own actual carbon contributions, in Australia.

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Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.


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Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?


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Alex, of course one part-time worker with CAALAS is not able to, in your words, “work closely with EVERY SINGLE young person going throughout Central Australian court system, their family, community, lawyer, school and other service-providers to provide the young person with the support they need to get back on track and stay out of trouble”.
That is exactly my point, and why it is wrong for you to lay the blame on that worker, as you did when you wrote “if your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
As I said earlier: That advocacy programme co-ordinator performed her job with great diligence and dedication, and cannot be held to blame for any alleged failure of duty of care, as the case load of such cases far exceeds the ability of one worker to cover even a small proportion of them. She was doing her job very well, covering as many of the cases as she could, but she wasn’t a magician. So your cheap jibe at her reputation is wrongly placed, and you should withdraw it.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Evelyne Roullet, Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm: Ralph was not talking about where or how the kid should be housed. He was referring to the bigger issue of the huge trauma in his life, caused by the alleged killing of his mother by his father. Kids who experience this level of trauma need intensive help and support, and we need to make sure that they get it, from wherever it may be best available.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, on June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am you said, and I quote: “If your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
So you cast an aspersion on her. It is entirely unwarranted.
Don’t wriggle out, apologise.


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