@John I agree with you that we need structural reform to …

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@John
I agree with you that we need structural reform to empower the regions, but I wonder why you want to filter this reform through another State? To me this seems like a 19th century solution to a 21st century situation.
Why not go for a two tier system of government? I wonder if that wouldn’t suit Central Australia much better than to be forever a poor country cousin to the Top End.
Their focus is Asia. Ours is here.

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Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
@John
If what you suggest is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, in four years time we in Alice will have our representation in Darwin reduced from 3 to 2.
I rest my case. We have to forge a way without Darwin or be forever content with the scraps.
We deserve better, and if we pull as a team, we can get better. I say go it alone. Central Australia is a truly unique part of Australia, and of the world. Let’s declare it so and do it proud.


Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
Alderman Rawnsley was naïve to think Alderman Habib Bitar would apologise for his remarks. He also forgot the truism that the first person to mention the Nazis loses the argument. Sami lost it a fortnight ago; John gave it back to him last night.
And Aldermen Stewart and Melky – as seen from the gallery, by the manner of your jumping in you brought the Alice Springs Town Council into disrepute.
You were in the chair, Mayor Ryan. I know two in the attacking pack have declared against you in the Mayoral race, but still, you were in the chair.
That is my impression of how the open section of the last public meeting of the 11th Alice Springs Town Council descended into shame last night.
Alderman Sandy Taylor was the only person in the room to respond appropriately – she walked out.
It shames me that I didn’t. The fascination of watching a train wreck was just too great.


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I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


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So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


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