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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Ha ha, body worn vests. Not sure how else a vest is worn if not on the body?
Maybe the info supplied to the Alice Springs News Online meant to say body worn cameras? The same ones supplied to operational police and most recently housing officers.
On another note, Alex, are you serious? Criminal guards? Maybe you refer to the farce of a RC, who referred matters to NT Police who found no basis for charges to be laid against the workers involved.
One of the workers was charged in Supreme Court, but found to be acting lawfully, skilfully and appropriately, not once but also on appeal. Transcript is available.
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Tell me how that goes down when you are confronted with a 13-year-old girl with a knife. Believe me, these kids know right from wrong at 10, but we give them two years’ grace.
These are not naughty children, then are unloved kids who have learned that it is kill or be killed, and get a kick out of seeing somebody else in fear rather than them.


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Employment for up to 200 staff to run it, their families, infastructure, employment, local businesses to supply food, and equipment.
Located 20 to 30km out of town, like the current NT one is, what is there not to like.
If the Feds are paying, the technology will be pretty good. Go for it.


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Evelyn, sorry I have no idea what it may be, but this link might give an indication of what members of statutory bodies are paid.


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Agree Russell, much like the recent Royal Commission where a predetermined outcome was presided over by a person who knew the ending before it began, who was unable to find the evidence until it was presented to the public after the enquiry had concluded.
A well paid job if you can get it. It seems that we, the hoi polloi, pay quite well when we have no choice in the funding.


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Evelyn, you mention the remuneration of a member of the Legislative Assembly.
The appointed people are not MLAs, nor will they be paid that amount.
They would be appointed as a member of a statutory body and paid in line with that role under division 2 of the Act. Let’s not jump to conclusions here.
Although it will be a substantial payment, it is likely to be far less than what an MLA receives.


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