Erwin, I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are …

Comment on Alice Springs News loses defamation case by Suzanne Visser.

Erwin, I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family and the people you defended in your now famous series of articles.
Keep up the good work! I still read the Alice Springs News every week, although I live in NSW now.
Freedom of Press rules!
Suzanne Visser

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They must be joking!
It can’t have been very expensive!

They must be joking!
OMG! is all I can come up with. I laughed uncontrollably for about 5 minutes, then the sad truth sank in. This rabbit is for the staying. How utterly frightening!

Vinnies in Alice barely surviving
Another NGO where bullying of staff is rampant.
Alice is full of them and this is a huge problem for employees and volunteers in Alice Springs.
Let it be clear that Melissa Durston was bullied away. I saw this happen and was one of the 40+ volunteers who protested and then walked off.
The whole situation could have easily been avoided. A tragedy caused by incompetence in management that affects the poor in our community.

CatholicCare jobs for dole falls in a heap: allegation
There is a very simple way to prove or disprove one part of these allegations:
Ask CCNT (or any other remote provider) for the monthly appointment letters to job seekers of the past two to three months with the employment consultant in Finke (or any other community).
There is a name, a date and a time of appointment in these letters. You will find that some job seekers have an appointment in the afternoon between 1pm and 4pm.
If there are no employees who officially work these hours; if they are, for example, employed until 1pm, or if they leave the community at midday to travel back to Alice Springs, it is proven that job seekers miss their appointments due to a provider’s fault.
You will find that occurs very often.
If the employees of CCNT (or any other remote provider) in Finke (or any other community) are not at work in the mornings, job seekers with appointments in the mornings miss out as well.
This indeed leads to substantial dole cuts to people who are already extremely disadvantaged when it comes to job opportunities, education, and access to affordable food. It is indeed so that children go hungry because of the issues described in this article.
The morning miss-outs cannot be proven unless someone films them; the afternoon ones are easy to prove; just match employment hours with appointment times in the letters.
Audits by government would be beneficial. Such audits would find that above scenarios go on in many NT communities on a daily basis.
Job seekers are not only subject to employment consultants’ absences, but also to their moods and whims. Employment consultants do not know what they are doing half of the time as the rules and regulations change monthly, weekly, or daily. If employment consultants are confused, we can only imagine how confused their clients are!
Mentors working for the CDP program (leading activities) are confused too.
They too have the power to cut off job seeker’s dole money. And they frequently do.
They are often forced to deal with dysfunctional participants on a daily basis. They do not get supervision, like for example counsellors do. Yet they deal with the same issues as counsellors, only on a more frequent and more involved basis. No wonder these workers suffer from burn-out and confusion.
Their jobs are impossible.
It is indeed true that these disfunctional and damaging schemes are paid for by the tax payer.

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