While parts of the Central Desert Region lack even the …

Comment on Council millions for cradle to grave welfare schemes by Peter.

While parts of the Central Desert Region lack even the most basic of services the “cradle to the grave” Family Wellbeing Strategy, with nine local bureaucracies, is a disgrace.
Take Nturiya (Station), a couple of hundred people sharing an environmentally degraded dustbowl with cattle.
You wouldn’t see a kangaroo for 30 kms nor has any bush food survived the grazing onslaught.
It has no store, no clinic, no school, basically nothing, people trudge up the long dirt road to Ti Tree to do their shopping.
No new houses have been built for a decade; bush camps are everywhere, families in sheds common. The same in Pmara Jutunta (Six Mile) and to some extent Wilora again reliant on services out of Ti Tree.
There is a clinic outpost at Wilora with a notice announcing when a nurse will be available there but the locals will tell you that is meaningless, they watch the clinic for the odd appearance and spread the word but most have given up on medical services altogether.
Back in Ti Tree, which has become an enclave for short-term professionals, they complain that the locals are disinterested in their precious offerings so “what can they do?”
Into Ti Tree come the endless rounds of specialists, both Federal Government Intervention and NT Government who of course do not communicate with each other.
Horror stories about duplication and waste abound in the region, a specialist hearing team, some from interstate, that test one child in a week.
Perhaps $50,000 for one hearing test in a region where profound hearing loss abounds.
The region needs decentralisation of services, it needs basic on the ground fixes not nine self serving, bureaucracies.
Spend a few million on stores, build clinics and staff them, connect with people of the region, directly in their living areas, and there will be fewer residents going to early graves and much less need for welfare.

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Even if ‘unfair, unreasonable or too harsh’, it is still the law
It is not open to them, as a matter of law, to find the accused not guilty because they believed the law under which they are being judged is “unfair, unreasonable or too harsh”.
Well actually this option is open to the jury and if I had been on the jury I would have taken it.
In the USA there are many not guilty findings irrespective of the law and the evidence where the three strike law jailing offenders for life applies.
In the years to come we as a society may wish we had paid a lot more attention to the cause of the peace activists.

Family violence is mostly men making a choice
One of the choices is the one we as a community make when dealing with domestic violence offenders.
Domestic violence programs in prison have been an unmitigated failure.
If they were scrapped tomorrow there would be no change in the recidivism rate for domestic violence offenders.
And millions of tax payer money would be saved.
Corrections do not keep data on the success or failure of their programs despite prison review recommendations that they do this.
It would be too embarrassing to do so.
The jail programs do not resonate with the real issues in Aboriginal men’s lives.
The staff administering them do not have the cross-cultural background to understand what these issues are.
The reduction of the numbers and roles of Aboriginal staff within the jail has not been helpful.
One outcome is that many Aboriginal men have spent 10 years or more in jail with just a short time between sentences.
They offend and go to jail, hear stories about their wives and become jealous, get out and assault their wives, go back to jail etc etc.
Along the way they graduate through domestic violence programs.
A few wives deliberately offend to try to head off this cycle by offending so they are in jail when their husbands are there.
Some go and live with their husband’s family.
Focussing on this cycle and how wives and husbands can be supported would be a positive step.
It would also be helpful to employ program staff who know about Aboriginal society and culture and are empowered within the prison system to deliver programs that make sense in the lives of the perpetrators.

Cut mining royalties to land councils: elder
200 series Cruisers are not the usual mining company vehicle. I’ve never seen one at Newman for example.
They use troop carriers mainly.
So why would Central Petroleum be buying six 200 series?
They likely went to traditional owners, while also providing $$ to the CLC.
It’s the way the frackers do business with the gatekeepers.

Cut mining royalties to land councils: elder
The CLC gets a lot more than published mining royalties.
Take gas and fracking advocate company Central Petroleum.
They recently bought six 200 series Landcruisers for a whopping $600,000 from CLC part owned Peter Kittles.
No discounts there.

Guilty: unanimous jury verdict for Peace Pilgrim
John Bell what Anti-Yank, Pro-Yank hostilities?
Not wanting a nuclear target down the road doesn’t make me anti Yank.

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