Wow, what a great drop of wisdom that is, “underprivileged …

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

Wow, what a great drop of wisdom that is, “underprivileged must always turn to crime”. Wow Ross, either I have missed your cynicism or we better tell the law abiding underprivileged where they are going wrong.
Incarceration only occurs when somebody has infringed is also only the tip of the iceberg, as it is very rare, except for very serious crimes, for a person to be sent to prison for a first offence, it is usually only a last resort, with many, many chances being given by the judges in the first place. Read the sentencing remarks from the court web site to see this.
You talked about us all breaking laws at some stage, maybe you should look up the difference between a criminal offence and a regulatory offence, and also the concept judges refer to as the scale of seriousness.
As far as a law not preventing crime? Look up anarchy. Many people choose to live by the rule of law, because they do not want to risk the punishment. That concept has been around for thousands of years, and one of the most famous examples of that concept was written in only 10 rules. In an age where many people could not read, the masses still got the idea that killing is bad, as is stealing etc. It is a concept that is not unique to any one belief, but these laws are practiced around the world. A law certainly does prevent crime, it is needed for any society to be civilized, be it modern or ancient.
But hey, maybe I have just misread your sense of humour.

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Traditional owners unite to dump Anzac as gallery site
@ Janet: yes, we have heard you over and over again, however this is the issue. In siting the gallery in the Anzac oval “precinct” the Oval will need to be redesigned, and as such we will lose the ability to use it as it has been used for many, many years.
The gallery will not be on the fields as they are now, we get that, but those fields will be respurposed as a green space with trees, making it unsuitable for football, or events such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the biggest sporting event this town has.
So, in answer to your question, the government provided plans, as well as the offer to spend even more money it does not have on new playing fields, is irrefutable evidence the oval will no longer be able to be used as it is currently, and the only reason for that is the proposed gallery.
This is the argument the people are putting forward. You are splitting hairs with semantics.
It is not difficult to understand. It seems that the point is now moot anyway, as the TOs have now refused permission.


National Indigenous Art Gallery future in doubt: Gunner
Shame the TOs seem to follow the wants of the people more so than the government. I bet Gunner is relieved about this.


GST slice-up rooted in historic wrongs
Great example Evelyne, unfortunatly many people scoff at you when you use an example like this, as those from outside the Territory simply don’t believe it.
A good article by Bob, however his statement in relation to the concept of Terra Nullius intrigues me. Is that what he is referring to as a lie?
The concept goes back to the Roman legal principle of Res Nullius, and the concept can also be attributed to the Papal Decree of the Doctrine of Discovery.
It is also referred to in the Mabo decision so although it may be an uncomfortable doctrine, it certainly can’t be referred to as a lie. Apart from that, a very good read.


Police seek information after attacks on two women
Would be good to know if the second offender was of Aboriginal appearance as well as the first offender. Seems odd they would mention one offenders race and not the other. It is either relevant or not.
[ED – We’re seeking a response from the police.]


The forgotten lesson: Take tough decisions now or borrow against tomorrow into unmanageable debt
I have been here for more that twenty years and always thought I had a decent understanding of NT Politics. This article is so well written I reckon it should be taught in any NT school that does Civics in year 9 or 10. What an in depth review of our Parliment since self government, showing how so many aspects are behind the scenes that we, as normal citizens, could not hope to know. This, combined with the letter to the the editor of today’s NT news by John Elferink, paints a stark picture of the future of the NT.

Thank you Alex for your analysis, how about a book? a Brief History of the NT?


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