Since posting this article one week ago, conditions have deteriorated …

Comment on The waste of public housing by Hal Duell.

Since posting this article one week ago, conditions have deteriorated as were predicted.
Territory Housing is today boarding up all four street-facing windows on the smaller of the two houses. Probably rocks, although empty bottles will also do it.
Also a fire was lit in the back yard of the larger house earlier in the week. Or so the some of the kids told me when I asked one midnight why they were throwing beer bottles onto my roof. Luckily it was extinguished before it could do any damage – this time.
Unoccupied houses, kids coming from poor parenting, nothing much to do and all summer to do it.
Meanwhile, how long is that waiting list again?
And how much will the refurbishments now be costing?

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Museums: First Nations demand to speak for themselves
I think James T Smerk’s idea of a museum with two wings is one of the best and most novel suggestions I have heard.
Aside from a shared claim to Aboriginality, there is no unity within Aboriginal Australia.
Yet this has not kept them from remaining present and relevant despite having been caught in the tides of history some 250 years ago.
Let’s hear all the stories.

Looks like Wazza’s back
Jacinta was always on a hiding to nothing. Her own perceived sense of entitlement didn’t help her cause, but she was up against Snowdon who arguably doesn’t do much between elections, but once every three years he does win elections, and he wins them well.
The question now is, will Jacinta return to Council?

NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site
There are a lot of empty shop fronts in Alice right now. Perhaps we could have a pop-up Council. That might work.

Megafauna museum: Locals outnumber tourists
Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish
Thanks for the story, Erwin.
You’ve detailed a journey into the bureaucratic maze of “it’s not mine / I didn’t do it”.
Talk about kicking a can down the road!
I also like your suggestion that the NT government sack half its public servants and compel the remainder to do their jobs.
That’s another can ready to be kicked down the road.

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