Well done but the figures are misleading as they are …

Comment on NT’s top Aboriginal Year 12 student from OLSH in Alice by Jack.

Well done but the figures are misleading as they are skewed by the rapid growth of students claiming to be Aboriginal.
It would be interesting to hear how schools that have English as a Second Language Aboriginal students from remote communities have fared this year.
There is Yirara College here in Alice Springs and Nyantjantjarra College based at Ayers Rock.
We shouldn’t expect high numbers of graduates but these two schools provide a measure of how education is progressing for Aboriginal students who have not been raised in mainstream environments.

Recent Comments by Jack

The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: Unemployment and underemployment is growing in our town and there is no escaping to other places for employment.
The Feds are spending huge sums to ease the burden.
In this context “small government” is not bullshit if it contributes to the national effort to take pressure off struggling families and out of work casuals.
Would you like to increase the size of the Town Council and add to the rate burden?
Improved efficiencies and downsizing the Council to cut rates would be very timely.
The Council will not do this voluntarily, they will defer rate payments but not cut the rates.
This is a completely out of touch response.
A review of Council operations and staffing is needed.
The beneficiaries are likely to be most residents.
By the way, the NT has a record debt of around $7 billion, the interest on which is $1.2m per day.


COVID-19 calls for straight answers
Irresponsible of the NT Health Minister to say that the Territory is the safest place in Australia.
Testing about one Territorian in 100 is insufficient to draw that conclusion.
Nowhere is safe and health messages should not imply otherwise.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Pseudo Guru. Agree we need a grounded discussion.
Very hard to grow the economy but we can cut costs to give residents more money to spend locally.
Start with rates.
We have a bloated town council and sky high rates.
A public review of the Council’s operation and staffing is long overdue.
Is it meeting residents’ needs? (Note the out of touch response to the Coronavirus emergency with huge job losses).
Is it overstaffed?
Are the high rates justified?
Are there alternative models that deliver better service less expensively?


Aborigines may defy orders, come to Alice for food: CLC
Very few remote community residents travel to Alice Springs to shop for a healthy food basket.
Keeping the price of healthy food low on communities will not prevent people from coming to town.
There are fast food attractants in town, plus the availability of alcohol that draws remote residents to town.
But the healthy food basket is not one of them.


Council meeting under COVID-19 lockdown
Miserly support from the Council.
The rates payment due dates for the last quarterly payment will be extended from April 3 to June 30.
Many in our town are getting much less income but the Council intends to maintain its own.
We have sky high rates and they must be reduced.
I see the council work gangs doing normal non urgent tasks.
They currently have two jobs going.
One is for yet another ovals and parks maintenance worker.
The others is a Director of Community Development, a $100K position.
Best way to develop relations with the community is to cut rates, not spin the lack of cuts.


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