Peter, sorry, I have confused the issue. You are talking …

Comment on Writing the stories of trouble by Kieran Finnane.

Peter, sorry, I have confused the issue. You are talking about Indigenous Territorians and I have responded with NT-wide figures and in any case I should have written ‘acts intended to cause injury’ AS A principal offence (ie the most serious offence for which a person has been proceeded against) .
The NT tops the nation in this category. It does also, as you rightly point out, in public order offences and these are more prevalent. The chart ‘Offender Rates’ makes both these points clearly, even if I did not.
In relation to Indigenous Territorians, in contrast to your claim that ‘figures suggest they commit far more property offences and sexual offences’, ‘acts intended to cause injury’ is indeed THE principal offence, dwarfing the public order offence rate (per 100,00) here in the NT, as it does also in SA. I am again posting the relevant chart in the story above.
My general point is that we should not under-estimate the prevalence and impact of violence in our community.

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Writing the stories of trouble
Thanks for your comment, Peter, but you are wrong on the figures. ‘Acts intended to cause injury’ is the principal offence in the NT, with the rate towering over that of other jurisdictions. This is a defining feature of crime in the NT, for adults and for youth.
I have posted at the bottom of the story above the ABS chart that shows this. The chart comes from their latest issue of ‘Recorded Crime – Offenders, 2014-15’.

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