I sympathise with those who want to see more done …

Comment on Kids enemy No 1 in law & order debate – or the main victims? by Bob Durnan.

I sympathise with those who want to see more done to protect themselves and their property from vandalism. I have experienced gratuitous damage to my family’s vehicles and bikes several times over the years.
However, I can’t help but think that it is not necessarily just children performing these frustrating and frustrated crimes.
It also occurs to me that the cost of enforcing a curfew capable of dealing with most of the problems would be so enormous that it would be much wiser to invest big in effective prevention and interventions.
Effective preventions would include more mandated participation in effective parenting skills courses by naive and neglectful parents, and a much better range of youth activities and facilities, including a really good, large, multi-functional youth centre.
Interventions needed include intensive case management of the ring leaders and the most anti-social of the ‘at-risk’ juveniles and offenders, and targeted interventions with their parents.
It also should include integrated, community-wide efforts to make sure school-age children are attending classes.
These measures need to be implemented in a number of remote bush communities which have entrenched problems of youth crime and disorder, as well as in Alice Springs.
Rather than creating a large professional army of police and security guards to guard the very large number of potential ‘hot spots’ into the wee hours of every night, in Alice and in the larger remote communities, we should be investing in small mobile teams of such forces, but not at the expense of an emphasis on the preventative measures outlined above.

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Fascinating to hear that seniors who were grandfathered will keep their concessions and receive $500.
Would be even more interesting to know what that means.
Exactly what did the grandfathers do to the seniors? Care to tell us, Sue Shearer?


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Neither Paul McCue nor James Smerk understands the role of the police at the TBLs / POSIs outside the takeaway grog outlets.
They are not there for the purpose of policing the outlets, nor for the purpose of proving security for the benefit of the outlets and their customers, although they do some of that incidentally in the course of their main duties.
The reason that police are there is to prevent the trafficking of alcohol by people who have no legitimate place to drink it, and who are intending to drink it in places where it is illegal to do so, such as Aboriginal lands where communities have asked the Liquor Commission to declare areas dry, or town camp leases which the Federal government has declared dry for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents.
These are the sole reasons that police are stationed outside the off-licence liquor outlets.


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In response to R Henry on Oct 20th, on who gets the extra markup money?
There is very little brand loyalty to the cheap brands of Chardonnay amongst our dedicated alcohol-drinking punters: They are after the cheapest hit of alcohol for their buck, regardless of its host liquid, not for their next taste of the rank Calabrian / Bortoli products.
Since the vast majority of shoppers generally shift their choice to better value for money when confronted with higher prices (and this happened when Clare Martin knocked the cheapest wines and sherries off the shelves in October 2006: there was a massive shift to beer), there is unlikely to be very much windfall profits via extra markup.
To the extent that there are any windfalls, they are unlikely to be anywhere near commensurate with the decrease in profits that are likely to occur because of the overall impacts of a number of the proposed reforms.
To see if I am correct, keep your ears open for the sounds of the interstate alcohol industry cartels – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and their paid public relations reps squealing about the alleged injustice, unfairness and unworkability of these visionary evidence-based reforms.
It is going to be an interesting war, and the outcome will decide whether the NT has any future worth speaking about.


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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.
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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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