I would like to know the stats on this particular …

Comment on Former Turf Club manager charged with stealing by John Bell.

I would like to know the stats on this particular type of fraudulent activity since the late 1960s in Alice and remote community organizations in Central Australia.
There was a dramatic increase in phantom wages and managerial fingers in the till following the introduction of Training Allowances under the Holt government (1968) then the opening of the funding floodgates under Whitlam (1972).
Sporting organisations in town became a popular target. What is it about the Alice that has attracted this type of crime that is so destructive for the general community?
My guess is that despite police investigation integrity over the years, politics has played a big part in keeping a lot of these crimes from general public knowledge.
Transparency is the only way to ensure that the people of Central Australia are aware of, and can take appropriate action to combat a worrying problem of fraud in the community that nay well be a bigger problem than they know.

Recent Comments by John Bell

Council may take up slack of the NT government
Advocating council to step in to take a role in the NT government’s debt problem is a double-edged sword.
The danger is that the role of “small government” by local council increasingly blurs the demarcation of powers between elected Parliamentarians whose role is to legislate, and elected councillors whose role is delivery of essential services eg roads maintenance, collection of rates and rubbish collection.
Local councils everywhere are stepping stones for wannabe State and Territory pollies. Local council charter is not meant to be political.


Looks like Wazza’s back
I have been asking Wazza questions of accountability for significant expenditure of Commonwealth grant funds in a charity for the Indigenous Marathon Project for six and a half years now.
As the keeper of public trust for the Aboriginal people of remote tribal communities in Lingiari, Wazza should be transparent.
He should come clean now that he remains the keeper for the next three years.
I would be very happy to get to his electoral office in Alice somehow for a cup of coffee and a couple of simple answers in the public interest.


Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?
No discussion about the state of the economy. Neither NT nor national.
The Greens everywhere avoid discussing how to repair and grow Australia’s economy like the plague.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
Warren has an unenviable task promoting Labor’s Federal fiscal policies in the Lingiari electorate with the millstone of the Gunner government financial disaster hanging around his neck.
Understandably, he distances Federal Labor from NT Labor with his response to Erwin’s questions: “The NT Government is responsible for any debt it incurs. It has a responsibility to repay it. And it will.”


Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 
@James T Smerk. There are penalties for vexatious litigants in tribunals and courts. By way of award of costs against the vexatious litigant. I speak from practical experience. However, where the decision maker is simply a departmental committee, there is no jurisdictional power to penalise, to my knowledge.


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