@ Travis Bransgrove Posted September 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm Lamenting …

Comment on Bleak tunnel vision in new book on Alice Springs by David Chewings.

@ Travis Bransgrove Posted September 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Lamenting (in his opinion) that Alice Springs has become a basket case, he says and I quote: “Which is why my family amongst others and droves of others who are leaving, won’t ever be back.”

Social worker and left wing author but not a lesbian, Eleanor Hogan has just published quite a readable little hardback of 309 pages which explores in detail, the issue of summertime crime in Alice Springs in post NT intervention times.

In her attempts to ascertain if summertime crime is getting worse she asks John Adams, coordinator of the youth hub, for his views.

He states that it is a moveable feast whatever that really means.

We know that when a government allows kids to run amok then it is not long before kids have total control of the town. The children know the difference between right and wrong but from their point of view, especially at Xmas, the fun and excitement is too great a temptation to knock back.

John Adams says on page 293 of this little book titled Alice Springs: “Why do people expect kids living in fourth world conditions to behave perfectly?” The question is a fair enough one and deserves deeper exploration by one far more politically literate than I.

For most of us who come to live our lives in the Alice, (and NOT trying to make big money), and to have our children, leaving is not an option. When that perfect storm arrives the undreamable does become an option and then reality. May I say that love of Central Australia for most, does remain intact, if a little burned along the way.

D.R. Chewings
aka THE lone dingo

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