It’s great to see whatever can be achieved within our …

Comment on Little kids have the key to our future by Phil Walcott.

It’s great to see whatever can be achieved within our communities to help grow strong, healthy children from conception through their early childhood years. 80% of everything we ever learn occurs in the first four to five years of life (including in utero).
Best practice and next practice models of community engagement help us all to thrive. It’s a mindset that needs to change so that we embrace positive language and positive behaviours in all members of our communities.
If we all choose to work together in whatever capacity we are each capable of (a strengths-based approach), there are so many possibilities that can be achieved. Sharing skills with each other, growing our vibrant communities all over the NT and becoming the best we can be is a new paradigm we are capable of.

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Royal Commission: Children’s voices are at the centre
Many thanks for your work in consultation, collaboration and production of this report, Commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda. Your efforts will be long lauded throughout the jurisdiction.
May your recommendations be adopted and wisely delivered to better strengthen our various government, non-government and commercial / industrial private sector agencies that work together in harmony rather than competition to achieve better social outcomes for our Northern Territory into the decades ahead.
Health, education, housing, transport, police, first responders and other infrastructure entities will all benefit from a more cohesive and comprehensive approach to “whole-of-community” well-being. May we all thrive long into the present and future.
May your hard work result in real action with the adoption of your recommendations. May it result in better and stronger, sustainable outcomes. May it not become yet another report gathering dust in some bumbling bureaucrat’s filing cabinet or book shelf.
We all have the opportunity to grow strongly into our respective and collective futures if we have the will and determination to let it be.


Youth justice, detention goes to Territory Families
Great initiative, Dale. So very important that children and juveniles are supported to make good, positive decisions and are guided through these transition periods of their lives by adults who operate within a therapeutic rather than punitive model.
Intergenerational improvements can only be achieved if we, as a whole-of-community, embrace strong, functional changes to how “the system” works. Broken, clogged and blocked models within bureaucratic silos within government and NGO agencies contribute to the on-going levels of dysfunction and disconnection for so many from what would otherwise represent potential opportunities.
Improve the system so we can all collectively improve the outcomes.


On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
A sad reality is that there are many people who see incarceration as ‘respite’ from the inter-generational drudgery of welfare dependence.

For some, the opportunity to be accommodated and fed at no or little cost to themselves is an attractive option. They do not perceive that there is much opportunity for them to be gainfully employed, secure adequate housing or access education.

There is no poverty from a financial point. These people have a poverty of spirit; a ‘lost’ generation. They have lost connection to culture, country and lore. They don’t perceive that they have a duty or responsibility to contribute in positive ways to their communities.

If we, as a committed community, are to turn this miserable reality around, we have to attract attitudinal change over decades into the future. Empowering young people to raise their children well is a key component to success.


Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.
Good on you, Scott.
Representing your constituents is your primary role and you have embraced it with passion, pride and dignity.
Intergenerational passive welfare has been disastrous for the Aboriginal people living in remote areas of Central Australia. Working with the people on ideas to actually create employment opportunities (tourism, housing, roads, infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable food production etc.) will help.
Land and Regional Councils have a key role in helping to support these initiatives.
They should work better in cohort with the NT and Australian governments to achieve mutually gains.
And it’s not just about government. Bureaucracies and bureaucrats must work better to deliver real outcomes for the people they are supposed to be supporting, not just hanging on to their high salaries.


Partition off Darwin to fix NT’s urban bias: Professor
An interesting proposal to ponder, Rolf. With 10 of the 25 electorates based in Darwin along with 3 in the Palmerston area (that’s over half), may the discussion continue. The population concentration in Darwin and Palmerston certainly gives them greater proportional representation.
Any opportunity to explore alternative models that better reflect rural and remote influence is welcome.
Best wishes for your presentation today.


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