In reply to Jason Newman (Posted May 21, 2012 at …

Comment on Centrelink holds key to alcohol and crime mayhem but gets no seat at the Police Commissioner’s round table by Bob Durnan.

In reply to Jason Newman (Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:14 am): You haven’t been paying attention in class again Jason.
There is no mandated “3 year Budget Cycle”. You’re getting confused with the normal Federal electoral cycle.
The Parliament (in August/September of 2007) committed to a 5 year budget for Mal Brough’s NTER rollout of programs. The expenditure was pretty well all legislated in binding laws which could only be rescinded by votes in both houses of Parliament. This funding (and legislation) ceases on June 30th this year.
Macklin’s legislation to continue funding for some of those programs (for up to 10 years in some cases), and replace others (with similar long term funding provisions), is currently before the Senate for a final vote, in the form of three bills collectively known as the Stronger Futures legislation. If passed, future governments will only be able to avoid continuation of funding for these programs by getting both houses to vote to amend (or abolish) them, in the same way that Brough’s legislation was entrenched well past the defeat of the Howard government.
The DEEWR / FAHCSIA Remote Jobs and Communities Program is a similar arrangement.
The same applies to a whole host of other legislation coming out of this year’s budget, as has been the case for many years. Governments have been increasingly committed to this type of long term planning for key projects which need time to carry out or make their impacts.
By the way, who are these academics that you reckon belong to PAAC? Must be secret new recruits whom I am yet to meet!
Cheers, Bob D

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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.
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.


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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.


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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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