@ Hal: In jail we need to teach these people …

Comment on Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’ by Fred the Philistine.

@ Hal: In jail we need to teach these people life skills. However, unfortunately when they wanted the inmates to learn a trade, the local businesses complained that they would be disadvantaged and get less work.
It was all because of their own greed that they could not look beyond this, and see it as a good thing.
They could grow vegetables at the jail and do the hospital laundry. This would be a start. It would have been more sensible to give the jail a water licence, instead of one greedy pastoralist having it all, just to grow grape vines.

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Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’
@ Hal: I think that there has been enough money wasted on these people. It’s just a big black hole. It is about time these people start taking responsibility for themselves and their own families.
As I am sometimes in the supermarket late at night, I wonder why these children are not at home in bed for school the next morning.
They are also in the shops during the week day, why are they not at school.
If they do not want to go to school, why are they not learning about their culture and learning about their land in their own school?
Please I do not want to hear that their culture is complicated. Well, uncomplicate it. They do have elders they can talk to.


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Did Wilfred and Gisela Thor have to die?
I agree with Baffel. Tourists should be more responsible, however, we need to take more precautions as well.
Having emergency packs in hire vehicles (like a knapsack with water, tourch, flares, space blanket, hydralite tablets etc).
Also on hot days, the rangers should be checking the car parks every afternoon at 4.00pm. If cars are still there he should then go and look along the track.
There needs to be more signage. Like all the parks around Alice Springs, the facilities and the signage are very poor.


Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
What a total waste of money this is going to be. NT Govt is already $875M deficit in the budget. By the way, who is going to run the so called cultural centre?

If it is going to be built on the Melankas site, what about the sacred trees, or aren’t they sacred anymore?


‘Extreme vetting’ and Pine Gap
The fairest thing is to send them back to their own country and let them come in through the proper channels like the migrants in the 1950s to 1960s had to do.


Four lanes through Gap: Does Alice need them?
You are all missing the point. This town is a service town for the Indigenous.
People only come here for the work. If this town did not have social security moneys, this town would be even smaller. There is nothing here to attract people except for work.
You also have people who take advantage of the Indigenous, e.g. taxi drivers. This town is controlled by very few people.
What annoys me is the police at the bottle shops. This should be funded by the bottle shops themselves. Why should the tax payers pay for it?
Take the social moneys and the government grants out of this town and see what you’ve got.
A four lane highway through The Gap should have been built in the beginning.
Things here have been done so slovenly, but have made alot of people rich. There is no town planning in this town.
Maybe we need to get someone like Donald Trump to kick some arses and sack a few councillors and employ some who will get the job done.


Police on hunt for young men after ramraid this morning
Well said, Mabel.


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