@ An Alice extended-family member. Thank you for perhaps one …

Comment on Will we say sorry to the Abandoned Generation in 10 years? by John Bell.

@ An Alice extended-family member. Thank you for perhaps one of the most thoughtful and compassionate comments that I have ever had the good fortune to read on the saddest of all social issues – the dysfunction and tragic breakdown of family – whether in the Aboriginal or wider community. Your comment is now pinned to my cerebral noticeboard for future reference and citing.

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Camel Cup called off
I will never forget the magnificent generosity of Paul “Fizzer” Fitzsimons, Mr Shaun and the APEX crew who helped make the Indigenous Marathon Project first ever event a success on 21 Feb 2010.
The Santa Teresa Fun Run. Fizzer donated $3,000 on behalf of CDU, we brought the meat and tucker, drinks and trophies and Mr Shaun and the crew came out to Santa Teresa to cook the Barbie for 200 participants.
Mr Shaun was a former student of Fizzer at Alice High. A wonderful friendship. Mr Shaun, a complete gentleman. Rest in peace.

Locked in senior: Daughter speaks out
The developments in this case promise to raise questions about the whole process of assessment of oldies in care.
It will also shine a spotlight on carers and their role in the aged care system.
The carer in this case is showing remarkable compassion and understanding.
A role model to be highly commended and praised by the profession.

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange
@ Jonathan Pilbrow. “(Punishment) for publishing news material that was in the public interest.”
Wow. That’s a neat throwaway line that whitewashes the enormity of what Assange actually did.
Many, many American families are still grieving today for the sons and brothers and daughters and sisters whose undercover lives behind enemy terrorist lines were revealed and “disappeared” when Assange indiscriminately disclosed details that helped identify them to the enemy.
A keyboard warrior, safe in his underground virtue signalling nerd world, snuffed their lives.
He did not even have the decency, far less respected them and their loved ones, before he went for glory as a self-styled martyr to the “public interest”.
Many people would argue that he deserves the same fate. Citizenship or no citizenship issue.

Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids
“The program is scheduled to be delivered over several years and will deliver a contemporary digital solution to support frontline staff working with vulnerable children and young people.”
This describes a $64 MILLION program to provide TEMPORARY SUPPORT FOR CASE WORKERS who are trying to solve runaway youth crime and criminal behaviour.
What the heck does “a temporary digital solution over several years” actually mean? To the average station hand, builder’s labourer or copper loader in the railway yards it means diddly squat and sounds like bureaucratic gobbledigook.
Does the average punter understand how throwing multi millions of dollars at a computer-generated program operated by computer geeks sitting in offices (probably outsourced to overseas computer geeks run by Asian companies) can in any way make a hands-on difference on the street and in our juvenile justice system? In Alice? At Yuendumu?
Could Ms Wakefield sit down with the average punter one-on-one over coffee and convince us it is worth this obscene amount of money? Or even explain exactly what it does? Honestly?

Can Alice Springs crime statistics be trusted?
All very well. But as soon as you are the victim of a violent home invasion, all the stats and graphs in the world mean nothing. For so many victims and their families, things are never quite the same again.

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