Dear, poor, upset, taking-everything-personally “Careful With That Jibe”, please supply …

Comment on Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS by Alex.

Dear, poor, upset, taking-everything-personally “Careful With That Jibe”, please supply proof that one part-time worker with CAALAS is able to “work closely with EVERY SINGLE young person going throught 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”.
The fact that this child was back in court two months after his first appearance shows that one person CANNOT provide all this.
If anything you should be supporting the argument that no one part time staff member – (even your super-awesome one) – can do this job on only a part-time basis.
Both you should be shouting out that there needs to be change within CAALAS and using this case as a basis for your arguments to get more funding and more staff for this area.

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Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
To “Careful With That Jibe”: I am in no way disparaging the CAALAS Youth Justice Advocacy Programme co-ordinator or her work.
But ONE PART-TIME role will NEVER provide enough support to fully help all the youths in the Central Australian judicial system who desperately need her.
My comment was aimed at the organisation itself and how they choose to allocate their funding.
Where’s the official complaint against CAALAS, as they clearly don’t take the role seriously, despite your friend’s hard work?

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Oh, and Eileen, according to your organisation’s own website: “Our youth justice program works closely with the young person, 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.”
Perhaps 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.
Perhaps you might consider taking a pay cut to fund making the part-time position full-time instead.
Clearly for the whole of Central Australia, I’m sure your poor staff member is quite swamped in the limited hours she has to do the job!!

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Dear Eileen: “The best way forward for the 13-year-old was psychiatric care, home remand and focus on education and training.”
Psychiatric care – the child will not attend.
Home remand – clearly no one at home is taking responsibility for the child.
Education and training – the child will not attend school and when he does he does not actually attend classes.
Why don’t you foster the boy and guide him through this troubling time?
Because he clearly doesn’t need your organisation’s inept legal aid. He needs parenting!
Of course, you’ll probably be accused by like-minded individuals as yourself of contributing to the second Stolen Generation if you do.
And please stop wasting the taxpayer money that you receive on such frivolous letter writing campaigns as in this episode.

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• It sounds like despite Alice Springs ratepayers not only knowing that council consultation always takes place for such projects, and that such consultation did actually take place and was sadly missed by those who don’t keep in touch about your neighbourhood happenings, the consultation meetings would only have been attended if the council had hand-delivered personalised, gilt-edged invitations and provided horse-drawn carriages to each meeting.
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Take responsibility and admit that you weren’t paying attention until it was too late and are now making more noise than an old dunny door.
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Have they already promised former Darwin resident, Crees, the permanent role?
I’m sure there hasn’t been an overwhelming number of applications for the role, so the recruitment process shouldn’t take too long.
What constructive effect could Crees possibly have before the permanent director is appointed?
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