And just down the same street, on the north corner …

Comment on And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison by Alex Nelson.

And just down the same street, on the north corner of Kempe Street and South Terrace, is the original juvenile detention facility in the NT, first called Giles House (later Aranda House). The land was acquired by the Whitlam Government in 1973 but the facility didn’t officially open until Universal Children’s Day in October, 1977 (which, incidentally, was the final year that Child Care Week – of which Universal Children’s Day was a part – focussed on children in care or in institutions in Australia).
Giles House was built in response to the alarming rise in numbers of children being held in jail in those times; however, the new facility got off to a troubled start because it was chronically under-staffed.
Sound familiar?

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And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison
@ Trevor Shiell (Posted August 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm): In the late 1980s Giles House became notorious for its poor conditions and frequent break-outs.
No worries – the NT Government constructed a new, modern, purpose-built facility in Darwin to cater for all juvenile detainees in the Territory, officially opened in 1991 – and named it in honour of former Health and Community Services Minister (which included Correctional Services), the late Don Dale …


And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison
@ Mal Crowley (Posted August 2, 2018 at 8:16 am): The women’s refuge on Telegraph Terrace is undergoing a major upgrade (it has been at this site since 1981).
The refuge is temporarily operating from the former police station in Parsons Street but will return to Telegraph Terrace when the work is completed.


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@ Russell Grant (Posted September 24, 2018 at 11:00 pm): Quite so, Russell, and that area included the property of the Arid Zone Research Institute of which the area now occupied by Kilgariff was once a part.
The original dust control effort at AZRI was divided between the Soil Conservation Unit of the former Conservation Commission of the NT and the Institute’s farm management of the Primary Industry Branch/Department. It was the farm management of AZRI that undertook the dust control work in the southwest area of the property, including Kilgariff.
What’s happening there now is taxpayer-funded, government sanctioned vandalism on a grand scale that beggars anything we’ve seen (and criticised) for years on private rural properties.
The hypocrisy of contemporary NT government policy implementation is simply staggering.


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Right now there is significant evidence across the nation of most people fundamentally disillusioned with government at all levels, party politics, and (most worrisome) even with democracy. The behaviour we’re witnessing from the NT Government now (and from its predecessors) amply illustrates why this is happening.
Most people have had enough. Large numbers in parliament will not provide sufficient buffers against voter anger anymore.


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This encounter instantly reminded me of a passage in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” when Winston Smith followed an old man into a pub with the intention of finding out from him what life was like before the revolution that led to the rise of Big Brother.
Yet no matter how earnestly he asked the old man to recall the early years of his life, “Winston had the feeling they were talking at cross-purposes.”
He kept on prodding the old man for information but “a sense of helplessness took hold of Winston. The old man’s memory was nothing but a rubbish-heap of details. One could question him all day without getting any real information.”
Plying the old man with beer, he tried one more time but failed: “Winston sat back against the window sill. It was no use going on. He was about to buy some more beer when the old man suddenly got up and shuffled rapidly into the stinking urinal at the side of the room. The extra half-litre was already working on him. Winston sat for a minute or two gazing at his empty glass, and hardly noticed when his feet carried him out into the street again.”
Welcome to the Big Brother reality of honest accountable government in the Northern Territory!


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Little aggravation, and great relief for many, I should think.
Minister Selena Uibo has set a fine example – now, if only certain others of her colleagues would take notice of public concern about the NT Government’s poor decision-making over the location of the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery…


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