As crime becomes more prevalent, a growing loss of faith …

Comment on Open doors, not flogging, will reduce juvenile offending by Interested.

As crime becomes more prevalent, a growing loss of faith in the justice system and illegal behavior (PC term “anti social behavior”) normalised in this town coupled with insurance cost on the rise, there is a high likelihood that a large part of any downward trending in the statistics is in part due to an increasing number of crimes going unreported.
I am aware of an assault and a robbery in the last week not being reported “as it is a waste of time” or “there’s no point”.
Let us not be fooled by the statistics, as the saying goes, lies, damned lies, and statistics. Blind Freddie can see that there is a continuing decline of law and order in Alice Springs.
The latest detailed stats available are from October 2017. If we compare the total offenses against the person in Alice Springs for months of October 2014 through to 2017 it looks like this:
Oct 2014 – 135
Oct 2015 – 188
Oct 2016 – 139
Oct 2017 – 212

Total property offenses
Oct 2014 – 246
Oct 2015 – 261
Oct 2016 – 350
Oct 2017 – 416

Domestic Violence involving Alcohol
Oct 2014 – 51
Oct 2015 – 70
Oct 2016 – 55
Oct 2017 – 71

Domestic Violence Event with Unknown Alcohol Involvement
Oct 2014 – 9 (13% of total)
Oct 2015 – 13 (13.4% of total)
Oct 2016 – 11 (15% of total)
Oct 2017 – 21 (21% of total)

The final figures above are quite interesting, how are we expected to gauge the success of the Gunner Government’s alcohol programs, when bizarrely, the quality of this data has substantially deteriorated over the previous years?

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Recent Comments by Interested

Drags inferno: Major Events, Car Festivals to spend $1.2m
Given that NT Major Events Company is owned by the NT Government, the $944,000 is essentially just a cost to the tax payer.
Instead of “building knowledge base and capacity” perhaps just invest the money into relevant infrastructure at the venue. That way something tangible will actually be achieved.

Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?
John Argent: You require a history lesson.
The Protectionist Party came to power with the assistance of the Labor Party. The union movement was against jobs going to immigrants. Labor pushed for the restriction of non white immigration. And so the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 was born.
But this is all totally beyond the point. To draw parallels between the parties of today and yesteryear is irrelevant.

Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?
Rosalie: Read the policies on the website. Best described as wishful thinking and thought bubbles.
I liked this line:
“To allow persons or organisations other than the RSPCA the right to fully investigate and prosecute charges relating to animal welfare in appropriate courts and tribunals.”
That would entail giving radical vegan activist the right to enter a farm and conduct an investigation. Bringing all the damage and cost and interruption to the Aussie farmer along with it. Instead of the group being a professional organization (like the RSCPA) it could instead be undertaken by extremist activist. The ones who shut down streets, spill red paint on people and deliver a dead piglet to Maccas.
Another cracker:
“Government to ensure the equitable distribution of paid work among those who wish to engage in the workforce.”
What does that even mean?!

Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?
Medical marijuana – the cure for everything – including unemployment!
A few notes: the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a legislated responsibility to adequately train and supervise workers. As such there is no legality issue in working for the dole unless a PCBU is breaking the law. There are of course already mechanisms in law to deal with this.
Also, your proposal of paying solar construction workers $18 to $20 is below minimum wage. This is taking advantage of refugees and putting Australian workers at a disadvantage.
And yes, new start has increased – at a faster rate than inflation – since the 1990s.
Has it increased at the same rate as the average workers wage? No.
That’s because Newstart is not what has driven productivity, economic growth or certainly the export surge at such a strong rate.
So factually, Newstart recipients are, inflation adjusted, better off than in 1990s.
It is just when compared to a person in the workforce – which has had above inflation wage growth (up until recent years), that a widening in living standards between welfare recipients and workers emerge.

Road toll drops by half
In a period of less than 3 weeks, the statement made in regards to the road toll has proven to be cherry picking in the extreme.
The death toll for the first four months on NT Roads is now 11 versus 18 during the same period of 2018. 2018 is an outlier. In 2011 the same four month period was four deaths. Again, an outlier.
The fact is, the current first four months of the year in 2019 of 11 deaths is actually marginally higher than the average of 10.7 road toll deaths for this period between the years of 2011 and 2019.
Claiming successful policing outcomes in reducing the road toll is disingenuous towards what is such an important and devastating community issue.

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