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Send in the taskforce: councillor
Clarification: My last post is an extract from the front page article in Monday’s Australian … re the NT Police Association submission to the Coroner in the Briscoe Inquest.

Send in the taskforce: councillor
POLICE say they are on the frontline of the battle against Aboriginal disadvantage in central Australia, facing a “maelstrom” of alcohol and violence so relentless that policing it becomes soul-destroying.
In a powerful submission into the death in custody of Aboriginal man Kwementyaye Briscoe, 27, the Northern Territory Police Association has said the force is dealing with the consequences of decades of government policy failure that are so entrenched they have become “a stain on the whole community of the Northern Territory”.
The submission, made by the association’s legal counsel, Lex Silvester, argues the job of putting drunk people in protective custody is a large proportion of police work and “is of such mind-numbing, de-sensitising and soul-destroying work as to be heroic”.
The submission attacks the “failed” alcohol policies of the Territory, saying grog laws are “generous, lightly regulated” and support the “vested interests” of the alcohol industry.

Recent Comments by Ian Sharp

‘Bring back school based constables’
I remember joining the staff at Alice Springs Highschool in ’86 and being surprised to find there was a school cop.
We had a couple of good ones, including Kym Davies, did a lot for the kids, including a boating expedition on the Roper. And kept the staff in line too.

Genocide in Australia – unthinkable?
Well said John Bell. I look forward to reading Tatz’s book now.

International flights to Alice would lower fares
I think there are tight restrictions imposed by international treaties that make this difficult. Also a problem in the US as detailed in a 2014 article which outlines some of the hurdles.

Liquor Commission: Lawyer, social worker represent Alice
Well said Alex Nelson, Russell and Blair are great additions to the Liquor Commission.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
The hill has been Untyeyetwelye to the Arrernte people for thousands of years. According to Peter Donovan (who wrote ‘Alice Springs, its history and the people who made it’ for the Town Council, published 1988) in the early days of European settlement the townspeople called it ‘View Hill’, and later ‘Stott Hill’. The RSL was granted ‘rights’ to the hill in 1934 by government, not by the Traditional Owners. The RSL then named it ‘Anzac Hill’.

Of course this was done at a time when Aboriginal people were unwelcome in the town, they were shunted down to ‘The Gap’, or confined to missions. Surely we have moved on since then? Is it so hard to envisage that the hill could serve both as war memorial and a symbol of the changed relations between our Indigenous people and our European settlers? It is more than strange that the capital city of The Centre, the heartland of the desert peoples, does not fly the Aboriginal Flag from the hill the overlooks our town.

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