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Christine, thank you for your interest. In Alice Springs this book is available at Red Kangaroo Books on Todd Mall. Elsewhere you will find it in good bookshops or you can order it directly from the publisher, UQP.

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Writing the stories of trouble
Peter, sorry, I have confused the issue. You are talking about Indigenous Territorians and I have responded with NT-wide figures and in any case I should have written ‘acts intended to cause injury’ AS A principal offence (ie the most serious offence for which a person has been proceeded against) .
The NT tops the nation in this category. It does also, as you rightly point out, in public order offences and these are more prevalent. The chart ‘Offender Rates’ makes both these points clearly, even if I did not.
In relation to Indigenous Territorians, in contrast to your claim that ‘figures suggest they commit far more property offences and sexual offences’, ‘acts intended to cause injury’ is indeed THE principal offence, dwarfing the public order offence rate (per 100,00) here in the NT, as it does also in SA. I am again posting the relevant chart in the story above.
My general point is that we should not under-estimate the prevalence and impact of violence in our community.


Writing the stories of trouble
Thanks for your comment, Peter, but you are wrong on the figures. ‘Acts intended to cause injury’ is the principal offence in the NT, with the rate towering over that of other jurisdictions. This is a defining feature of crime in the NT, for adults and for youth.
I have posted at the bottom of the story above the ABS chart that shows this. The chart comes from their latest issue of ‘Recorded Crime – Offenders, 2014-15’.


Recent Comments by Kieran Finnane

Stagnant CBD; industrial land, rental shortage; houses hold
@ Kylie Johnston. With respect, this is not a ‘media conversation’ but a report from a Town Council meeting open to the public.
Perhaps you will want to take up your concerns with Cr Auricht and Mr Doyle, whose comments are accurately reported.
Kind regards, Kieran Finnane.


Town Council riven by conflict, lack of leadership
@ Alex Nelson. Councillor Paterson is mistaken. I have checked the audio of the meeting: he was clearly nominated by Cr Cocking and Cr de Brenni seconded the nomination.


To die for country
@ John Bell: Dr Nelson’s message about equality is clearly expressed in his words that I have cited, about Australians all being “equal – irrespective of politics, race or religion”.
On reflection, his meaning when he said “they denied their Aboriginality to fight and die for the young nation”, is likely referring to those who enlisted either having found a way around their exclusion from the armed forces on the basis of their race, or having had their Aboriginal descent overlooked. “Denied their Aboriginality” seems to me an unfortunate choice of words to cover these circumstances.
Readers may be interested in further details on this topic in an article on the War Memorial’s site:
https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/indigenous-service/report-executive-summary


No gaol for Peace Pilgrims: sentence
Phil, They did indeed suffer consequence, as the article above and the series of reports from the trials make clear. For victimless acts of civil disobedience they were tried under harsh Cold War era legislation, facing maximum penalties of seven years imprisonment. This hung over them for a year.
They were found guilty and were sentenced, proportionately to the nature of the offence and their circumstances. Fines ranged between $5000 and $1250. Considerable penalties for people who live their lives in voluntary simplicity, without substantial income, and in service of those in need.


The ‘tough gig’ of doing things the right way
Thanks for the correction, Alex. I will amend the story accordingly.
I should also add that the demolition of the abandoned house, and the subsequent fencing of the site was done by way of compensation to custodians, after a telecom tower was erected on top of the range at the Gap without their permission.


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