No Bob. What I am saying is that the NT, …

Comment on In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood. by Ray.

No Bob. What I am saying is that the NT, has a budget from where it draws money for hospitals, educations, police, the public service etc.
Much / most of that money comes from payroll tax and stamp duty, other funding is received from the Federal government from GST disbursements, at a disproportionately higher rate than what states receive.
The NT government also pays for infrastructure from this pool of money. The original comment implied that the $25 million project cost was drawn from this money, meaning it could have been spent on other areas.
This is what is incorrect, in that the funding for that overpass did not come from the NT budget.
Fred: What changed is the Federal government improving road safety by eliminating level crossings on national highways. Other states also rely on Federal government funding, which is from funds raised from the GST.
So the “new mall and new law courts” are funded by the NT government, the overpass was not.
That was the inaccuracy I was highlighting. Was it needed? I don’t think so, and I travel that road 15 to twenty days per month, but then again there is a bigger picture out there, and the reasons for building it may be many and varied.

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In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood.
Fred: Check your facts Fred. The rail overpass is a Federal project, funded by the Federal government, not the NT government.


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Do film’s omissions mislead viewers on school’s record?
Thank you Kieran for following this up.
Unfortunately it is missing a lot of info and certainly portrays a particular point of view, as did Utopia by John Pilger and the Four Corners report of youth detentions.
It is not so much what is said, but what is not.
There are a number of unsubstantiated quotes I have seen in relation to this report that are certainly not balanced or entirely truthful.
I am glad that you have chased this up, especially for the sake of the wonderful work the Sadadeen staff do.


Camel Cup called off
Arunta Man: You may have the wrong event. There is no “new arrival” from interstate. The Camel Cup is an iconic event that has been run by the APEX club for many years.
The APEX club is made up entirely of volunteers and the club that runs this event has been active since 1972 from memory, and the only one of three remaining APEX Clubs in Central Australia.
As a past president of this club I can vouch for the tireless work this club has done over the years and the positive contribution it makes to our community.
If the club has had to postpone this event, there is a very good reason, and I will support the decision of their executive and members, as it is not a decision taken lightly.
APEX is a wonderful organisation for a person to be involved in, as it develops important life skills, and prides itself on altruistic service and giving back to the community.
Why do you not enquire about joining, they could always use more volunteers.


Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
@ Alex Kelly: “We all know the horrendous human rights injustices and abuses that happen every single minute of every single day in every single sector, whether it be prison, education, health.”
Hi Alex, just wondering if you can provide any evidence at all to back up [this] quote?
I have just spent two days in Alice Springs hospital and seen the wonderful caring staff in action in the paediatric section. I did not see any human rights abuses or breaches there, to Indigenous or other races.
My wife is a teacher and works closely with year three (mainly Indigenous children), many of whom are in care from the abuse and neglect from their own family, and many have faced incredible trauma.
She has been working closely with children like these for over 20 years and is very well respected by her peers and parents of the children.
Many of these children (now adults) still recognise her and say hello in the street, as do the parents of these children.
Can you explain what injustices and abuses occur at her school?
I work with Aboriginal adults and have done so for 17 years. I too have not seen this abuse and injustice “every single minute, every single day”, in fact I have rarely ever seen it, if at all.
I would hope that you would make a public apology or retraction for these comments unless you have evidence.
If you do have evidence, have you reported it?
One of the other interesting points I see on your website is that “children do not belong in custody”.
I tend to agree with that, however I wonder if your foundation (that must be funded quite well by the government) does not seem to make the connection that if 12 year olds are not on the street at 2am, or breaking into houses, or stealing cars, or smashing property, that they would be far less likely to end up before the courts.
Unfortunately, after many diversions, many “second” chances, many “opportunities” they may be placed in custody, as a last resort.
Could you use some of your funding to educate the parents of these children that a safe home will be of benefit?
So it seems you have insulted our wonderful teachers, health staff and others in a quest to portray your movie the way you want.
From many of the comments, the critical review by Alice Springs News, and some of the professionals who have been to a pre-release screening of your film, it seems like you have once again used race to push a narrative, and cause further division in our community. Well done.


Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces
Televised violence of prison officers? I think an apology might be in order after that throwaway line. I really hope you mean alleged, and I hope it is not in reference to the image shown on the Four Corners program where the conduct of all involved was investigated and found lawful and reasonable, with no charges being laid or pursued.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
Bloody hell Glenn, you are fearful for the kids? I would have thought your first fear would have been for the ratepayers who vote for you. Crime is crime, regardless of the skin colour.


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