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Comment on Rate of property crime dropped since CLP came to power by Peter.

If you lock enough people up, build enough prisons, to the extent that you have the nation’s highest incarceration rates and spend huge dollars to stake out grog outlets you will reduce offending.
But not by much.
Having the nation’s highest reoffending rates shows that the approach only works if more and more money is invested.
$100K per year per prisoners, massive expense for failing rehabilitation. 70% will reoffend.
The CLP has no right to claim a victory here.
We have no more TIOs to sell off, strategic ports and pipelines to sell to the Chinese to prop up our budget.

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Rate of property crime dropped since CLP came to power
Why not make prison less fun and a lot cheaper.
The nation’s highest re offending rates, seven out of 10 re offend, should be telling us something.
Rehabilitation is not working.
So let’s trial not having it, not putting prisoners through endless programs that fail.
Not spending a fortune on so called education and training when these things are not leading to less offending.
Not coming up with “new” costly ideas that will solve the crime problem but (after the election) we find out they failed.
No more sorry business and ceremonies.
What is left is bare bones, spartan but safe prison.
Saving millions.
The sort of prison that many prison staff would like to be part of.

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Offenders bailed to ‘country’: An option, says police
David, it’s not just Lhere Artepe selling grog but other major Aboriginal groups in town have also tried to make money out of selling grog.
The Memo Club was funded by CentreCorp and behind that was the Central Land Council and Congress.
Yes Congress, recipient of $40m a year from taxpayers to improve Aboriginal health was on the CentreCorp Board that supported grog sales, mostly to Aboriginal people.

Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
Local 1: I wouldn’t use the criterion of Aboriginal or non Aboriginal ownership in deciding which outlets should be closed down.
That seems irrelevant.
I would look at the proximity of outlets to tourists and their ability to cater to increased numbers of drinkers once the total number of outlets is reduced.
The NT Police would have an important say in the decision.
Basically, we need fewer outlets and ones that lend themselves to intensive ongoing policing.
The savings to the NT Government in the long term from having fewer outlets to police would be considerable.

Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
What will it cost to police each alcohol outlet for a decade? $4m?
They must be policed so what we need to do is to reduce the number of outlets.
The NT Government should buy out a couple of the current licences.
Yes, expensive, but $8m saved in a decade with other benefits as well.
Outlets that contribute to the most social disruption and damage to the Territory’s reputation with tourists should be the ones to go.

Bully buffel barges into natives’ live and let live harmony
The sooner we get the buffel grass seed head caterpillar to work the better.
It’s native to Queensland and eaten by many birds and it should thrive and roll back the buffel invasion.
For all the talk of another cane toad, the grub would need a massive environmental downside for it to do more harm that good.

Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Here in the NT it is an economic necessity that we get get used to the idea of using some of our water for mining activity.
Most of this use will be sustainable and not mined and the NT Government is now applying strict guidelines to ground water use.
A big change is that mines are no longer exempt from the NT Water Act.
This means that mines must now account for ground water draw down.
The recent environmental approval of the Mt Peake mine North of Alice is an outstanding example of the use and protection of ground water resources in developing a world scale billion dollar mine.
Mt Peake will bring more than 500 jobs in the construction place and 250 permanent jobs during the mine life of around 20 years.
This is the Inpex of the Southern Region of the Territory.
Local businesses will be flat out working on the new mine and will rapidly expand over a two to three year mine construction period.
Training of Aboriginal people and employment will be a priority for TNG, the company that will own the mine.
All Territorians will benefit.
Water for the mine comes for an aquifer that is not connected to other aquifers and this is the case for many aquifers that are subject to fracking.
Mining and water conservation can be compatible and having a blanket ban on fracking is just silly.
Every project should be examined on an individual basis.

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