I sympathise with those who want to see more done …

Comment on Kids enemy No 1 in law & order debate – or the main victims? by Bob Durnan.

I sympathise with those who want to see more done to protect themselves and their property from vandalism. I have experienced gratuitous damage to my family’s vehicles and bikes several times over the years.
However, I can’t help but think that it is not necessarily just children performing these frustrating and frustrated crimes.
It also occurs to me that the cost of enforcing a curfew capable of dealing with most of the problems would be so enormous that it would be much wiser to invest big in effective prevention and interventions.
Effective preventions would include more mandated participation in effective parenting skills courses by naive and neglectful parents, and a much better range of youth activities and facilities, including a really good, large, multi-functional youth centre.
Interventions needed include intensive case management of the ring leaders and the most anti-social of the ‘at-risk’ juveniles and offenders, and targeted interventions with their parents.
It also should include integrated, community-wide efforts to make sure school-age children are attending classes.
These measures need to be implemented in a number of remote bush communities which have entrenched problems of youth crime and disorder, as well as in Alice Springs.
Rather than creating a large professional army of police and security guards to guard the very large number of potential ‘hot spots’ into the wee hours of every night, in Alice and in the larger remote communities, we should be investing in small mobile teams of such forces, but not at the expense of an emphasis on the preventative measures outlined above.

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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
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Hal: How would the Land Council stand legally if it were to destroy the property of a set of traditional owners without their permission? The CLC does not own the horses.
They are either the property of individual traditional owners and traditional owner family groups, or of persons who have contracts with the TOs to allow their horses to be on the TOs’ land.
Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
Legally the CLC as a statutory body can only consult and advise the traditional owners, and act on their instructions. It cannot make decisions for them without their permission.


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