@Janet Unless I am mistaken, children born with heroin and cocaine …

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

@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.

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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.


Is NT turning back the clock with its plans for compulsory rehab?
“Discreet” drunks? Maybe up on High Street, but down on Mean Street? Get real!


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Open doors, not flogging, will reduce juvenile offending
If only it were so.
As much as I respect the years’ long dedicated work this author has contributed to youth issues in Central Australia, foremost among which being his largely successful work in eliminating the scourge of petrol sniffing out on the Homelands, here I think he is glossing over the issue. “Naughty” not only doesn’t begin to cover it, but is both misleading and trivializing.
The kids in question here are not naughty, but actual criminals engaged in criminal activities.
I, too, have seen Tangentyere Day Patrol on our streets this summer engaging with youth on the streets, and I applaud their efforts. And I have long supported the Gap Youth Centre as a community effort to engage and support youth in the Gap.
But once it and other dedicated outreach centres close for the night, what happens then?
Many go home to what homes they have, but a significant minority do not.
They roam the streets knowing full well that any interaction with the NT Police will be one-sided in their favour.
The police are obliged to back down once any confrontation with under-aged youth takes place. And don’t the kids just know it!
The sad truth is that the line of departing families is growing, while those of us who are staying rely on tall fences, locked gates and barking dogs to ensure out safety and well-being. And until someone, anyone and I don’t care who, can deal effectively with this current and local scourge, the fences, gates and dogs will remain.


What REALLY goes on in our streets: Youth worker
As happens so often these days, Jacinta Price stands tall as an example of a concerned Australian talking common sense. Family responsibility seems to be her mantra when discussing the social ills bedeviling Alice.
And we all know she is right, all that is except for those denizens of the politically correct swamp who would rather further fracture as opposed to heal. They remind me of nothing so much as baby chicks still in the nest, impotent little wings flapping, beaks open and a chorus of gimme gimme gimme gimme.
Walking around town, especially through the shopping centres and the hospital, and the conclusion that this is an Indigenous town is inescapable.
No problem there, but what this means is that the way forward not only has to come from them, but it can only come from them.
Our Town Council would do well to recognize this. Otherwise they risk being consigned to the status of an irrelevant elite watching from behind their fences as our town burns.
And let’s not even talk about Darwin. They may hold immense power over us, but without question they are as useless as teats on a bull.


Lasseters private enterprise beacon in stagnant town
I’m with Scotty on this one. If New Year’s Eve was anything to go by, Animal Bar is putting it mildly.
If Lasseters is having trouble coping with its clientele, they might think about taking a page out of the Gap Hotel’s playbook. Multi-ethnic, multi-racial and zero humbug. An example well worth considering.
And as to John Bell’s suggestion that an irresistible offer from China for Uluru is not far off, if the Vietnamese can gain a 99 year concession to run Angkor Wat, which I was told was the case when I visited Cambodia a couple years ago, then this might not be such a far fetched idea.


Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs
@ Leigh Childs, Posted December 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm: Yes, but not for some years now. And I agree that Broken Hill’s size, history and location make it a much better fit for comparison to Alice than does Murray Bridge.
What I remember is an interesting town on the road between east and west (Alice is between north and south), a hub for the surrounding area, a sculpture park on the top of a hill, the uncanny familiarity of nearby Mutawintji National Park, and marveling at how the local government managed to build all the infrastructure even a small town needs with steep hills and a hard rock base to work with, at least in the central area.
Good point. They seemed to be in the process of reinventing themselves in the years when I was passing through, and it’s good to think they have kept going.


Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
Long live Stuart the Explorer and Two-Up the Bunny! Long may they stand with the Undoolya Perenti as monuments to Alice Springs’ artistic identity.
More would be better. Where is the Indigenous hero to join Stuart along Stuart Terrace? We all know Council would fall over themselves to balance the story being told there.
Mark Egan has created a couple of outstanding examples up the track at Aileron, but whether he would again willingly venture into the hotbed of PC naval gazing that seems to be the default atmosphere here is another question.


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