Thank you, Robyn, for answering the call and giving this …

Comment on Protecting, controlling kids in trouble: Robyn Lambley’s long and lonely road by Hal Duell.

Thank you, Robyn, for answering the call and giving this interview.
Assuming, and I do, that there is good will and a real commitment to help on all sides of this debate, everything seems to pivot on funding. Where do we get the money to help the youth in need of assistance, and which program do we choose?
For what it’s worth:
It has always seemed to me that by the time a child is eight years old, behavioral patterns have been set. So go in hard before then.
It has also always seemed to me that to expect a child to grow into a sober adult after being raised in an alcoholic environment just ain’t gonna happen. So don’t send a child brought to your attention back into one, and ignore any black / white noise that this might generate.
And grog. It’s always grog. And not just here in the Centre. I’ve recently read that young women living on the coast are presenting with cirrhosis of the liver when still in their 20s. Since this condition can take up to a decade to develop, there has to have been some serious under-age drinking going on. Foetal alcohol is just beginning to kick in. And the alcohol industry, caught as it is in a world of turbo-capitalism answerable to shareholders, cannot be expected to effectively self-regulate.
So don’t hide your head in the sand, but get stuck into that one as well.
And good luck. I look forward to your next interview.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Locally produced hemp could replace plastic
This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.

Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
Commercial-in-confidence is such a scam. Come on councillors – I challenge any of you to grow a pair.

Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
It can be done. Read this.

US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
The Opium Wars are over. China won. And all this “containment” and forward posturing is more like dogs barking in the night while the caravan moves on.
Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?

Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor