I am long gone from The Alice, but my experience …

Comment on LETTER: Taking no prisoners by Terry.

I am long gone from The Alice, but my experience in the Prison Service at Alice in the 1970s (at the old jail in town) gives me some insight into the problems you are facing in the area. The population in the prison was roughly 25% white and 75% Aboriginal, of which probably 90% to 95% of the total population were alcohol related crimes. That said, and in answer to those that post here saying jail in not the answer, I would say this. Back then, and my guess would be still, the prison service saved the lives of many of those that were jailed, many of whom came to the prison undernourished, and in extremely poor health.
Alice is home to many, and regardless of those that are against jail, it is the job of the administration to protect the whole community, and removing those that are dangerous to society as a whole is a necessity, and not a matter of human rights.

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Town camp attackers should face full force of law
No matter who is in power politically, I agree with Mr Higgins.
If you allow the law of the land to be sidestepped for any particular group of people anarchy will surely follow.
Black white or brindle you MUST enforce the law of the land.
Sidestep the law for any group for any reason and chaos is a certainty.


Street kids: No Protective Custody but Care Orders
It is not mentioned here, but I assume that the majority of these children are Aboriginal? And I do not see too many post placing the blame where it belongs: With the parents.
Failing that, why not set up a camp either in or outside the city staffed by senior Aboriginal people where these children can be held until the parents are contacted, and possibly brought to task.
Children have historically been punished for misbehaving, either by the parent of by the law. Why is it so different in The Alice?


Review, don’t celebrate Pine Gap: Alice peace group
Good to see that a few Alice residents see the true value of Pine Gap. Like it or not, It plays a huge part in the protection of the Western World. Thank you USA.


Stealth party to mark 50 years of Pine Gap
What the!
Alice has sucked of the American teat for years but suddenly it’s all Americas fault, or even better it’s Trumps fault?
Six months in power after eight years of Democratic rule? And he is to blame? Get real, not so.
The fault and the fact that Alice is becoming crime ridden and not a nice place to live in is down purely and simply to years of bad city management and bad decisions.
I lived in the Alice in the seventies and eighties, but following The Alice Springs News over the years and watching the town’s decline I know that there is no way I would live there now.
To those in charge of the city I say “get your act together and fix the city’s problems, it’s almost too late now but some hard thinking and management biting the bullet may just recover what is lost”.


Loop Road heading towards jobs
Reading this article almost breaks my heart. I lived in The Alice for over 10 years in the 1970s and for me, the very isolation of the place and the lack of so called modern amenities such as sealed roads and supermarkets was a huge part of the attraction of living there.
Talk of loop roads, and even more government control over this, one of the last true wild country experiences is, as I have said, heartbreaking for those of us that remember the old Alice.
PS: For those who wonder why I ever left, it was to give my eldest son the opportunity to develop a thriving business Down South.
I still miss the Alice and her lifestyle.


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