Erwin writes “What have our leaders done to get the …

Comment on Picture of lawless Alice served to national audience, again by Bob Durnan.

Erwin writes “What have our leaders done to get the message out to people prepared to riot in the streets that such behaviour will not be tolerated? This will take more than a so-called education campaign. It requires person-to-person contact, a prolonged effort of sitting down and talking to people across the region about bottom line, shared standards and goals. It may also require sanctions.”
I agree that these measures are needed, in copious amounts. But these messages, even if delivered effectively, are unlikely to change behaviours to any great degree; by themselves they will merely manage some of the problems, and thus cushion some of their impacts.
To do more than this, and create the really desirable and sustainable long term changes which are needed, we must take steps now to prevent the development of another generation of people with major proneness to impulse control problems, great vulnerability to addictions, a heavy burden of susceptibility to chronic disease because of environmental and other health-related issues in early childhood, and few of the skills needed to live healthy, productive, autonomous, and truly self-determining and rewarding lives in the contemporary world.
To achieve these significant social and cultural changes, we need to start now on projects that will bear high grade benefits in 15 to 20 years time.
This will require the rolling out, into the remote bush communities, of the intensive intervention programs now operating in Alice Springs. They include regular home visitation by specially trained nurses during the two years after birth, targeted family supports, parenting skills delivered by qualified staff, professional childcare and high quality pre-school programs available to all children from the age of three, case management of young people with high levels of problems, creation and long term maintenance of a much more effective education system in remote communities, maintenance of intensive efforts in health, shelter and safety, and investment in all the infrastructure needed to sustain these initiatives.
But more tellingly, it will also require certain fundamental changes needed to create the settings within which, over time, the aforementioned programs may be able to flourish: fundamental changes such as creation and maintenance of a more socially and culturally appropriate welfare and work system, continuous regional anti-violence programs, and alcohol reforms such as a floor price for take-away alcohol fixed at the average price for a standard drink of popular beer brands.

Recent Comments by Bob Durnan

Gallery business case slap in the face of custodians
Wrong again Matthew Langan (Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm).
It was actually “big knob socialist flogs” from the CLP who talked up and used government funds to build the Desert Park, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Strehlow Museum.
If you have complaints about those places and their costs to the public purse, go talk to the conservatives. Nothing to do with the Labor mob.
The CLP under both Adam Giles and Gary Higgins has indicated it would also support a new National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.


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James (Posted June 6, 2019 at 8:14 am): How many parks in Alice Springs commemorate Aboriginal leaders or dignitaries?
Nothing against Father Smith, but couldn’t we consider looking collectively at setting some priorities before rushing in to barrack for our favourite project?


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Conservative (posted May 1, 2019 at 9:19 am): what do you mean by ‘props to Erwin’? Stage ‘props’? It doesn’t make sense.


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Like InterestedDarwinObserver, I think Assistant Commissioner Beer’s claim is a somewhat questionable one.
Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.


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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.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.


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