JJ Mr Langford-Smith employed his son. …

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JJ Mr Langford-Smith employed his son.

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Yipirinya School principal locked out
Milly, I would suggest there is something fundamentally wrong in a school where the board and the principal can do things that would not be countenanced in any other school in the NT.
The problem is that this is a family school.
Fine if the family want to pay for the school, in that case they can employ their relatives and pay them whether they work or not or fund the principal’s son, if they so choose.
But this is a school that depends for most of its funding on the tax payer, millions on dollars of taxes pay for the workers who don’t turn up for work but demand payment or else. Is the “or else” currently under way?
That is the underlying problem here and it has been known about for many years but governments have been too cowardly to tackle it.

Yipirinya School principal locked out
This is a quote from the Alice Springs News Dec 2006 (link after the quote).
The report says the teaching qualifications of the person accused of bullying have been the subject of “recurring complaints raised by most who gave evidence”.
He was given interim registration by the NT Teacher Registration Board “but failed to gain the requirements of full registration, and has had his registration withdrawn”.
“The principal, when questioned about the allegation regarding his son’s qualifications, responded that in his opinion, dedication to the job and being able to get on with the students was of more importance than professional qualifications. A piece of paper is meaningless – it’s experience that counts.”
Says Ms Rolley: “Kids at Yipirinya are entitled to have properly qualified, registered teachers.
“I understand that [the unregistered teacher] is still working at the school, presumably not in a teaching position.”

Yipirinya School principal locked out
Yipirinya is an anomaly in being a tax payer funded “family run” school.
Family members have expectations on the principal and are annoyed when they are not met.
Former principal Di Devere fell foul of that and was dismissed.
Unfortunately, Mr Langford-Smith has no moral ground to take now because he entered into the “family” patronage culture by employing his own close family member in a position he was not qualified to fulfil.
He was quite open about the appointment and defended it on the grounds that Yirpirinya is a “family” school.
What goes around …

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Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
@ Frank Baarda: The helium is a byproduct of Central Petroleum’s (ASX CTP) Mt Kitty petroleum system to the far west of Alice Springs near the Kintore community.
The Suprise 1 well at Mt Kitty pumped oil for more than a year that was transported in tankers. Little has been reported by the company on the commercial possibilities of the helium.

End of search for Monika Billen
My drone flying friends say that not finding Monika is a disgrace.
Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.

The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
James, I suspect that remote community infrastructure does add to the NT’s revenue stream, as it always has. Case in point (admittedly dated):
Federal grant of $500,000 for remote preschool.
NT admin tax $250,000.
Old asbestos clad science block sent to the community (instead of dumping it}.
Over the next three months, Alice Springs tradies renovate the building.
There is no money left for painting so that becomes a school expense.
Darwin designed building has no security so is broken into and trashed, then closed for six months as the school tries to get it repaired.
So the NT Government gets a windfall profit, Alice Springs businesses do well and the community gets a high maintenance asbestos building.

At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
Gunner has made the right call on the location of the proposed gallery and offered substantial funding.
No other sensible and economically viable location has been proposed.
The gallery will probably operate at a loss as does the Desert Park.
To be sustainable the loss must be minimised and it must add value to our tourist businesses.
South of the Gap / at the Desert Part are not suitable locations.
The Greens are engaged in misguided economically damaging democracy.
They are doing the same by using their position on the Water Board to slow down mining development at Mt Pearce.
This action threatens the offer of generous funding.

The millions and the misery
Eugene’s Mate: “Unreasonably negative and incorrigibly antagonistic attitude towards Congress pathological denial of Congress’s achievements? Very unfairly, maligning Congress.”
Any organisation that gets more than $40m a year of taxpayer money, has $20m unspent and has a stake in CentreCorp with assets of more than $50m absolutely needs to be held accountable.
It worries me that you fall back on excuses such as saying that poverty is the main driver of renal disease (and of course Congress can’t change that).
How about, a sedentary lifestyle, living in squalor, poor diet, alcohol and smoking, all of which Congress should be able to do something about.
But they haven’t despite all the millions.
A new approach is needed.
Take diabetes:
Although there are other factors, diabetes is a major cause of end stage renal disease. Many of us have watched the progression from diabetes to end stage over the years.
I’ve personally seen it a dozen times or more.
Uncontrolled diabetes is rampant in our community and the deaths are mounting.
Congress has largely failed to stem the tide so we need to try something else.
That is a medical approach.
Instead of expensively trying to change behaviour and failing we need new drugs and medical devices.
That means more money for research and probably less for Congress.
Of course that is confronting and will get the reaction we see from you.
But Aboriginal health is bigger than Congress and is the priority.
A medical approach has the potential to save many hundreds of millions of dollars and improve Aboriginal lives on a large scale.
That claim cannot be made about Congress.

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