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Comment on Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab? by Hal Duell.

“Discreet” drunks? Maybe up on High Street, but down on Mean Street? Get real!

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Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
@Janet
Unless I am mistaken, children born with heroin and cocaine addictions can overcome their addictions and go on to lead productive lives. Their main baggage seems to be a psychological propensity to addiction, a manageable mind-set.
Foetal alcohol damage, on the other hand, is forever. It’s not surprising that this is not widely known, the strength of the grog lobby being what it is.
I note that in your last post you use the terms insulting and disrespectful. I assure I am trying not to be either, provocation notwithstanding.


Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
@Janet
Your comment about “babies born with brain damage through cheap grog” shows an unfortunate lack of empathy for those with a more personal experience of foetal alcohol damage than your comment leads me to think you have had.
I always look forward to your comments, but you might want to tread a bit more warily here. This issue is not as easily dismissed as you might think. And while free will is all well and good, it’s worth remembering that those damaged by alcohol while still in the womb are often born with a restricted ability to exercise any significant degree of free will at all.


Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
The following is a very informative article anyone interested in this debate will benefit from reading.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/damming-the-rivers-of-grog-20121119-29m5r.html
The foetal alcohol damage to so many NT children will play itself out not just in another lost generation on imploded remote communities, but in a drain on our public health system and, most importantly in my opinion, in a drain on our public education system in both remote and urban communities.
Teachers in public schools teach to the lowest common denominator, and while streaming helps, we ignore to our own peril the negative impact on our public schools.
This is not theoretical. This is happening today, and because of the damage already inflicted, will continue tomorrow.
Because of our tolerance for strong, cheap grog, we are breeding brain damaged youth incapable of being educated to a standard that will allow them to take up an autonomous position in our shared society. Just how short-sighted and ordinary is that?
This is nose-on-your-face stuff.


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“But nobody seems to be able to work out why.”
Could it be because so many of the offenders are raised in overtly racist households where they are taught from when infants that all things Indigenous are superior to all things mainstream? For the child, the first casualty of this would be schooling and a respect for the possibilities that schooling offers.
And then when they get a bit older and come hard up against the unavoidable absurdity of what they have been taught, and realise that they are not only uneducated and ignorant but likely to remain uneducated and ignorant, anger and resentment give rise to a lashing out and a pathetic if understandable attempt to cry the victim?
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Last Saturday my wife and I went to a matinee showing at the Alice Cinema.
On exiting the cinema, our two hour free parking limit had expired so we went into Alice Plaza to pay the fare.
On coming out we were met with a ring of aggressive youths bristling with attitude whose gauntlet we were forced to run to gain access to our parked car.
Steve has it right. We are getting back to those days of Claire Martin levels of social dysfunction in Alice.
And from what I have seen, Darwin simply couldn’t care less.


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Anyway, now she says she wants to take on Snowdon in Lingiari? Good luck with that. Warren has done nothing for thirty years except win an election every three years. He’s good at it.
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I don’t know what the other shires stand on this issue is. Have they debated it? Anyone?


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Maybe I should start going to Council meetings again, if for no other reason than to enjoy the fireworks.
Reading the preceding comments, I am once again convinced that the whole Facebook phenomenon is a truly nasty piece of gear.
Why anyone would go there, would pay it the slightest bit of attention, is beyond me.


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