I am not here attempting to justify or otherwise the …

Comment on Copping ‘mental and physical abuse’ on top of serving time: Dylan Voller’s evidence to the NT Royal Commission by Hal Duell.

I am not here attempting to justify or otherwise the past behaviour of either the prisoners or guards currently under scrutiny.
What I am suggesting is a level playing field.
When attempting to explain and understand the criminal acts and subsequent unacceptable behaviour of many young detainees, reference is made to their youthful treatment and conditioning by social forces that they have been subjected to.
Can we grant the same consideration to the guards?
Our Federal Government has been and still is complicit in the brutal treatment of detainees on Manus Island and Nauru.
It stands accused of complicity in the torture of political prisoners in the Iraqi theatre of war.
I suggest guards at our detention facilities here in the NT see this and come to the conclusion that such behaviour is acceptable.
Trickle down economics is a phrase our political leaders often use to explain economic policy. Having popularised this phrase, I suggest they widen their scope and consider the effects of trickle down behaviour, especially as it relates to those in positions of power in all our detention facilities.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Gallery: The Gunner spin goes on
The position of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery would sensibly be where tourists and visitors are, or can easily get to. That ain’t Alice.
The positioning of a National Aboriginal Cultural Centre is another matter. Here Alice should come into its own as being in the centre of Australia. All roads lead to Alice, past and present.
But there’s a problem.
For a cultural centre it is imperative that it have not just Aboriginal agency, but Aboriginal ownership. Full ownership.
And once they grasp that, governments tend to let the whole project slip over into the too-hard basket.


Help from fracking campaigner, or manipulating students?
This is one of the best news stories that has popped up on my screen in a long time.
My advice to the students would be to maintain your sense of outrage and to question the motives of all who are trying to co-opt that outrage, whether they be the pollies telling you to stay in school or the choir-masters leading your chants.
And be assured of this: The world you will grow into will not be the same as the world into which you were born.
Turbo capitalism and the ongoing rape of our planet will see to that.


Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap
With the current state of international affairs, laced as they are with loose bluster and rattle, including irresponsible nuclear chatter, the bullseye on Pine Gap becomes a thing of concern.
Let’s just hope if “they” do take it out, “they” use one of those low-yield, precision smart numbers and drop it on one of those golf balls.
But don’t knock Pine Gap. Ever wonder why Alice has, and will always have, a long strong airport runway?


96 trees chopped down to ‘duplicate’ highway
For whatever reason this work has attracted funding right now, it’s a good thing.
Think of it as another small step on the Outback Way.


Art gallery more than selling cappuccinos: Scott McConnell
I think SA has the gallery. But I like the idea of enlarging the Indigenous art and cultural trail to link like stories from all areas.
I can easily see an eventual cultural centre here, maybe one structured on a revolving hub-and-spoke model.
Alice Springs would benefit more from a completed Outback Way, which would feed into a National Indigenous Cultural Centre, than it would from a gallery.


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