@ Trevor Shiell (Posted August 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm): …

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

@ 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 …

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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.


And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison
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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NT tourism turbocharger out of gas as Feds eye off Kakadu
A cash splash of $216m versus $220m for Kakadu/Jabiru as the race commences for this year’s Federal election campaign.
Hmm, is it Tweedledum and Tweedledee, or Heckle and Jeckle? Cartoonists could have fun with this double act.


Traditional owners unite to dump Anzac as gallery site
It’s worth keeping in mind that the council-owned lease for Anzac Oval extends over the car park area in front of the school.
The NT Governent-owned lease starts from the front of the main school building and extends through the rear of the campus, so it’s not as big an area as many probably assume.


National Indigenous Art Gallery future in doubt: Gunner
This utter debacle should mean that several heads will roll, from the Chief Minister down.
If this happened anywhere else in Australia, that is what would happen.
An absolutely disgraceful performance, and I predict it will get worse before this matter is terminated.


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
While we navel-gaze at our own dire financial situation in the NT, a report just posted on the ABC News site states: “Since its recent peak in late-August, the local market has plummeted by about 12% — as investors grow increasingly concerned about an unresolved trade war, slowing global economic growth and the United States raising interest rates too quickly.
“Sentiment is as bad as I’ve seen it for a long, long time … the negativity is absolutely rife,” Chris Weston, head of research at Pepperstone, said.
“Ultimately, the market is concerned if we do see a resolution between those two nations [the US and China] … the damage has actually been done to the global economy and we’re hurtling towards a recession.
“Equities is a confidence game, and if it goes down in China, Japan, Europe and the US, we are going down as well — there’s no doubt about that situation.”
That “we are going down as well” is us – Australia as a whole.
If recession is now on the cards, I think we can forget about assistance for the NT. The money is just not going to be there.
In my article “The forgotten lesson” I stated near the conclusion “currently both national and world circumstances appear decidedly tentative at best. We’re likely to find ourselves overtaken by events well outside of our control.”
At present it appears those events are now starting to overtake us.


Alice has hottest day on record
@ Fiona Walsh (Posted January 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm): Thank you, Fiona, for your most informative post.
The closure of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is, I consider, one of the most short-sighted and regrettable decisions ever made as far as Central Australia is concerned but typical of the myopia that afflicts contemporary coast-oriented bureaucracy.
Maintaining the presence of the CSIRO in the Centre would surely have been as vital in these times of worsening climatic conditions and consequent impacts on the environment as it ever has been in the past.
However, the loss of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is symptomatic, and certainly symbolic, of the lack of concern and real regard for so much of the real Australia.


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