Matt@1: Making excuses for people is what will keep this …

Comment on The Desert Knowledge upstairs-downstairs dilemma by Ray.

Matt@1: Making excuses for people is what will keep this problem going for another 30 years. As a landlord you will know a tenant is able to authorise a minor repair (in many states up to $1000) and deduct that from your next rent payment. If the tap is leaking the tenant is still responsible for notifying somebody (landlord, Territory Housing etc) that a problem exists in the first place. It really is not rocket science, and it certainly not a matter of having it both ways. The article states that the tap has been leaking for 12 months. I could be wrong, but I find it unusual that constant requests to have a tap fixed have been ignored by the landlord, Tangentyere or local plumbers for 12 months. Maybe Erwin could investigate that too if that is really the case.
At the end of the day Matt, you can make all the excuses you want, if you are happy for the people concerned to go on believing there is always somebody else to blame, and never find a solution themselves.
You say that it is the responsibility of the landlord to fix the problem, quoting ordinary rental agreements as a reference, but you fail to acknowledge that it is the responsibility of a tenant to notify a landlord of any items that need repair, and also maintain the property in good condition.

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The Desert Knowledge upstairs-downstairs dilemma
Erwin, a picture really does paint a thousand words, especially the one of the tap. I am having trouble expressing my thoughts on this as I have written, then deleted my response many times and words are failing me. Do I agree with Hal @1 about not seeing the bleeding obvious, or do I really simplify it? Why do we need to use big words like intellectuallising and conceptualising, when the answer is so simple. Turn the bloody thing off!! If that can’t be done, ring a plumber. This is not a complex issue, it is about getting off your backside, and turning off a tap!
For a person who pays for water usage, you understand the value of not letting such a precious resource be wasted. If you do not need to pay for it, because the government will, then who cares??
Erwin, I get pretty worked up about many issuues in your paper as you know, this this one just blows me out of the water, (pardon the pun).


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On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
@ Jameel: I really hope you are being sarcastic when you say “who are they?”
Do I really need to explain that “they” are the grandmothers that are calling for these young ones to go out bush, learn their ways and culture and be removed from town instead of being locked up. This used to be done in the 70s, when the young ones were going off the rails, they were sent to family on out stations, where they learnt their “cultural responsibilities”.
Unfortunately all these solutions are suggested when it is too late.
Only after the kids have robbed, stolen, destroyed, harassed, broken etc, and they have been to court, and sent to detention as a last resort to these so called concerned grandmothers shake their heads about what would be best for the kids.
Surely if they had these concerns, they would have sent the kids out bush when they first started getting into trouble.
With such a strong and close family bond, these grandmothers know what the kids are up to, and they certainly have family who live out bush who could take these kids for a while, like used to happen.
Unfortunately these family structures have broken down, and it is now easier to blame everybody else for their woes, because they can no longer control their own kids appalling behavior, lack of respect and willingness to use violence.


On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
With 51% of the NT being Aboriginal land, why are they not doing this?


Helping offenders on probation and parole stay out of gaol
Wow, can anything be done these days without a fancy sounding acronym? It seems other programs have Frustrated All Involved Leading to Extended Discussions (FAILED), so let’s hope this is not just a load of Creative Repeating of yet Another Program (CRAP).


Police clash with protestors
He was too close to an arrest. It takes a number of officers to do this safely, to control the head of the subject, arms legs etc.
Police need to move around the subject quickly to ensure they are safe during the process. That photographer was too close and impeding the police officers movements as can be clearly seen in the video.
If you are told to move by police, you move. Simple.
It is not up to the public to question the way the coppers do their job.
In the “heat of battle” they do hard jobs that you and many others are not prepared to do. Do not judge them when they are doing their lawful duties. Back away, let them work. Simple.


Police clash with protestors
He was interfering with a police operation, he was told to move as they were trying to effect an arrest, he failed to do so, he was pushed away.
Remember Erwin, this is on Police Rememberance Day. Did you do a story about the Officers who have paid the ultimate price in the NT? Just in case you were wondering, I have found the details for all of them for you.
7 November 1883, Mounted Constable John Shirley, aged 27 years from dehydration while searching for men who had murdered a man at Lawson’s Creek.
1 August 1933, mounted constable Albert Stewart McColl was speared to death at Woodah Island in Arnhem Land.
17 August 1948, Constable Maxwell Gilbert, aged 27 years when the vehicle he was driving overturned just north of Wauchope. He was escorting a prisoner to Alice Springs.
9 June 1952, constable William Bryan Condon was shot twice after confronting a gunman.
16 June 1967, inspector Louis Hook died from extensive injuries from a rollover near Pine Creek.
9 June 1970, sergeant Colin Eckert was killed in a head-on collision in Katherine.
11 December 1981, senior constable Allen Price aged 44 years died of a heart attack while attempting to stop a disturbance in Mataranka.
29 January 1984, detective sergeant Ian Bradford died when the police vehicle he was a passenger in went over the edge of the wharf in Darwin.
3 August 1999, Brevet sergeant Glen Huitson was killed in a gun battle with bushman Rodney Ansell on the Stuart Highway.
[ED> – Hi Ray, thank you for commemorating the heroic police officers who gave their lives in the exercise of their duties. But as for today’s events – you are raising the subject: In what way was the photographer “interfering with a police operation”?]


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