Does anyone really expect any change to what has been …

Comment on Youth detention unchanged after ‘Don Dale’, says Chief Justice by Ross Chippendale.

Does anyone really expect any change to what has been for so long? It’s really rather simple is it not? Criminals and offenders face sentencing and be it prison or youth detention it only occurs when someone has infringed.
If you don’t think that then you may as well just cancel every law in the book. People don’t live by laws, now do they? How many of you have driven under the influence, over the speed limit, dangerously? How many of you have had a cigarette where you shouldn’t, by law?
Most of you have broken laws and done so all your life without regard for penalties. It is only once a person is caught and given some sentence or fine that they even think about it.
Law does not prevent crime, it makes criminals.
A Royal Commission? And what may that achieve? Sure, the Government may change standards in youth detention for a while, but the offenders will not change as most would not even know such an enquiry exists. And their daily lives will not change through a Royal Commission looking only at the place where offenders are held.
Law does not prevent crime, only people can do that. Law is simply about setting punishments for what are deemed crimes and that changes regularly over time.
It seems to me that those in charge, from Turnbull down, still have no idea what the problem is.
Underprivileged people must always turn to crime as they have to survive. Isn’t that obvious to all? It is to me.

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John Bell seems obsessed with part of Ms Shearer’s letter. She wrote of a survey result on how seniors feel, not just about dying.
Perhaps he should widen his view?
Palliative care, wonderful but who really wants to be in such a condition that they need this care?
I DON’T, I’d rather exit while I was still physically and mentally capable of deciding.
It is my body, my life and only I should decide anything for me.
Absolutely seniors would welcome the option of assisted dying. Not all want to use it but they do want the choice.


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Good old days? Gulags? Really! So police want parents to step up and fix the problem.
Good idea but who is going to step up and control the parents?
Parents have little control these days. Let’s blame the previous generation, or the one before that? Just deal with today and get these kids off the street.


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To use an old commonly used saying: “Frack? Me dead.”


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Still fiddling around the edges and getting nowhere? Any restriction on trade for a legal product is clearly open to challenge under other legislation.
What colour to use? Good grief, what a waste of a letter. And barmen rarely monitor the consumption of any drinker. It goes against the owners’ drive for profit.
Why don’t you try and come up with practical ideas ranting about “little dears” is also just a waste. How did those little dears get the booze in the first place? From adfults of course. Any thoughts?


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