Justice reinvestment seems a good funding strategy to reduce the …

Comment on Summer crime calls for thinking outside the box by Michael LaFlamme.

Justice reinvestment seems a good funding strategy to reduce the underlying causes of crime, such as limited education and career opportunities.
Canada has similar ideas, because the youth suicide rate in each Aboriginal community is inversely related to the number of culturally meaningful careers available there.
Years ago, the chair of the Australian Productivity Commission observed that every measure of indigenous disadvantage results from social exclusion, so an Alice Springs culture that is like an extended family to all young people is promising (and is the type of tribal society that all people once lived in).
Some cities address social exclusion by first engaging major business and civic leaders to make their organisational cultures more welcoming to excluded groups.
Those leaders create positive examples that show what is possible, and thus make change more hopeful for everyone.

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Country, people, cultures come together to heal a sick man
We love you, Dave!
You are a true artist.

Desert Knowledge precinct preferred for youth detention facility
A very traditional idea! This decolonised model of detention supports the original Desert Peoples’ Centre goals to educate all and to heal relationships. I hope everyone can work together to create the community these young people need.

Will we say sorry to the Abandoned Generation in 10 years?
The Stolen Generations policy helped stop eldest Aboriginal sons from inheriting the property of their early non-Aboriginal settler fathers.
In his biography, Yami Lester talks about seeing his father once at a distance, when he left food for Yami and his mother as they walked through the pastoral station.
Aboriginal families in Alice still know which non-Aboriginal families they are related to by blood, but not by marriage.
Try to imagine Central Australian society today if all those fathers had recognised their offspring!
The reality of Alice Springs is that many of us are part of such extended families: By blood or marriage or culture.
Perhaps it’s time to use We rather than finger-point at Us or Them.
Government carers are highly skilled but transient, and can’t provide the long-term relationships needed for proper child development.
At our best, Alice Springs is one mixed-race extended family.
We should still be family when some of us are at our worst. That is the only way to help our future generations grow into proper citizens. After all, the Closing the Gap report said social exclusion is the root of the problem.
Families with errant children are often overwhelmed, cannot do more, and have no rellies who are able to help.
Thus, it will “take a village to raise a child.”
Perhaps our elders from all groups can co-host community conversations toward investing in that infrastructure?

You can vote No with love: Alice priest
Laws are created to regulate what people are already doing.
Thousands of same-sex couples already exist.
Marriage simply gives those couples the security of having a single document that confirms the legal status of their existing relationship, in any state or country.
Thus, marriage is about people being equal before the law.
Equality is a fundamental concept in our legal system, and a basic tenet of international human rights.
We should not have a plebiscite to confirm a human right! It only serves to expose the bigotry of some people and religions.
In our world today, we need to learn more ways to work together!

You can vote No with love: Alice priest
People value their personal freedom and don’t like someone telling them how to vote, but voting No reduces others’ personal freedom.
Our society needs more ways to bring people together, and marriage is a wonderful institution for that purpose.

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