Somehow I doubt if the cuts in youth services in …

Comment on Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’ by Hal Duell.

Somehow I doubt if the cuts in youth services in Alice Springs can fairly be attributed solely to Robyn Lambley.
Unless I am mistaken, she has already admitted that the new CLP government cut too deeply when they first took office almost four years ago.
Whoever is to carry the can for past cuts, what’s important now is to get some programs up and running and to stop pretending that “she’ll be right”.

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Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’
@ Fred the Philistine, Posted June 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm:
The removal of a presumption in favour of bail for youth offenders causing property offences could thin out the numbers of juvenile delinquents on our streets at night.
I have no problem with this. One criticism of this move is that it would hamper judicial discretion, but then why does the current presumption in favour of bail not also hamper that same judicial discretion?
Jails will become crowded, uncomfortable and unpleasant places to be. Good. Learn that at an early age, and maybe there will be less of a desire to go back later in life.
Meanwhile, a strong program of youth activities might just reverse what is happening right now on our streets at night. This is especially so after a few of the more intransigent offenders get taken out of the equation.
Why is the Gap Youth Centre only operating two nights a week? And why close at 9?
A weekly disco at the Alice Springs Youth Centre is also good, but, again, why close at 10? And what is the facility doing the other six nights a week?
Unfortunately, asking ASTC to get into the mix is a waste of time. And those often mentioned “elders” seem to be mostly preoccupied in familial demarcation disputes.
They know full well who the offenders are but seem powerless to do anything about it. So any action will have to come from NT government departments. This would be money well spent.
As it now is, if the police are called they have to walk on egg shells or worry about charges of brutality. If welfare steps in they have to operate under the self-seeding cloud of stolen generations. We seem to have hobbled ourselves.
“These people”, as you call them, are causing avoidable grief to the rest of town, and with impunity. As a community we do not have to put up with this, professional crybabies notwithstanding.


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But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
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