Evelyne Roullet, Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm: Ralph …

Comment on Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS by Careful with that Jibe, Eugene.

Evelyne Roullet, Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm: Ralph was not talking about where or how the kid should be housed. He was referring to the bigger issue of the huge trauma in his life, caused by the alleged killing of his mother by his father. Kids who experience this level of trauma need intensive help and support, and we need to make sure that they get it, from wherever it may be best available.

Careful with that Jibe, Eugene Also Commented

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, of course one part-time worker with CAALAS is not able to, in your words, “work closely with EVERY SINGLE young person going throughout Central Australian court system, their family, community, lawyer, school and other service-providers to provide the young person with the support they need to get back on track and stay out of trouble”.
That is exactly my point, and why it is wrong for you to lay the blame on that worker, as you did when you wrote “if your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
As I said earlier: That advocacy programme co-ordinator performed her job with great diligence and dedication, and cannot be held to blame for any alleged failure of duty of care, as the case load of such cases far exceeds the ability of one worker to cover even a small proportion of them. She was doing her job very well, covering as many of the cases as she could, but she wasn’t a magician. So your cheap jibe at her reputation is wrongly placed, and you should withdraw it.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, on June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am you said, and I quote: “If your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
So you cast an aspersion on her. It is entirely unwarranted.
Don’t wriggle out, apologise.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, you must not know the CAALAS Youth Justice Advocacy Programme co-ordinator.
Part-time or not, she’s one person in Alice town who could not ever be accused of not working extremely hard, with great intelligence and diligence, on these issues.
She displays a great sense of responsibility in her work. She also has a demonstrated ability to ask recalcitrant parents the hard questions.


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Booze report: What the government is likely to do.
In response to R Henry on Oct 20th, on who gets the extra markup money?
There is very little brand loyalty to the cheap brands of Chardonnay amongst our dedicated alcohol-drinking punters: They are after the cheapest hit of alcohol for their buck, regardless of its host liquid, not for their next taste of the rank Calabrian / Bortoli products.
Since the vast majority of shoppers generally shift their choice to better value for money when confronted with higher prices (and this happened when Clare Martin knocked the cheapest wines and sherries off the shelves in October 2006: there was a massive shift to beer), there is unlikely to be very much windfall profits via extra markup.
To the extent that there are any windfalls, they are unlikely to be anywhere near commensurate with the decrease in profits that are likely to occur because of the overall impacts of a number of the proposed reforms.
To see if I am correct, keep your ears open for the sounds of the interstate alcohol industry cartels – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and their paid public relations reps squealing about the alleged injustice, unfairness and unworkability of these visionary evidence-based reforms.
It is going to be an interesting war, and the outcome will decide whether the NT has any future worth speaking about.


Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.


I’m not kungka, I’m arelhe
Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?


13 year old denied bail after rampage
Original Centralian, Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:12 am: If you’ve been around long, then you can’t have been paying much attention.
Far from being “no more Mr Nice Guy”, Judge Borchers is renowned around Alice for his plain, honest and often tough speaking to offenders and their lawyers.
He has been doing this for the last eleven years; i.e. his whole period as a local magistrate.
A lot of people complain about the members of the judiciary. It would often be more useful if they took the care to read what the judges and magistrates have actually said.


Federal Budget: Stand on your own two feet, NT!
It’s all very well for people to bleat that the NT “has to stand on its own two feet”, but the NT simply doesn’t have anywhere remotely close to the private investment capital or the amount of reliable government revenue income needed to do so.
The relatively piddling amounts of gas royalties (predicted to be only $20 million per year at the most generous estimate, in a decade or two after a decision to begin widespread fracking), and a small growth in income from payroll tax that would start to accrue from an expansion of fracking, wouldn’t pay for much infrastructure.
Nor would fracking royalties begin to clock in in time to do what’s needed now.
Another alternative would be to divert funds away from NTG investment in education, health, shelter and other desperately needed community services, thus descending further into Indigenous disadvantage and further widening the gap, with consequent higher Aboriginal death and disease rates, lower life expectancy, lower education attainments and worse poverty.
The logical consequences of this would also be higher crime and prison costs, the need for even more investment in police, courts and prisons, and a descent further into hell for the NT’s future.
We need to remember that the NT would not have more than a small fraction of its present tourism infrastructure if it wasn’t for previous government investment in building Alice Springs, Yulara, Uluru, Kakadu, Darwin and the Stuart, Barkly, Victoria River and Lasseter Highways and roads like the Mereenie Loop.
There would be no Convention Centres, Casinos, Double Trees, RFDS or Desert Park without the government investment, loans, subsidies and guarantees for these projects.
There is unlikely to be any top rate tourist lodges built in the West and East Macdonnells, or other major new tourist attractions, without similar government support, as there is no sign of the big private money (come on down, Sitzler brothers!) investing in such projects of their own volition.
Therefore Gunner is correct: Like Porky Everingham in the past, we have to look to the Feds and the Commonwealth Grants Commission to underwrite our infrastructure expansion at a much higher level, if the Territory is going to have any chance of growing the local economy.


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