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Whether CLP or ALP are in charge, the issue has not yet found a satisfactory solution to disenchanted youth. Bored? Hungry? Set loose to demolish rather than build their own future. Sad situation when at an early age home is not a place to be.
With some of the $30m ear-marked for the indigenous art gallery (surely a worthwhile initiative) perhaps that the old Anzac High School could be turned into a youth refuge, where kids could find bed, food and education in a caring environment, close to the Youth Centre for activities, close to the oval for sports, and close to family at Charles Creek and other camps. I dream. Do you?

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Getting the crisis psychology right
The sentence I retain from the article above is
“They are talking about hibernation of the economy as if it will simply go back to normal.
“It will not.
“We will be different people at the end of this, with different priorities, different capacities.”

To me, this means that we are to prepare ourselves, during these months of compulsory isolation, to come out different people, with different set of values, having undergone a personal metamorphosis, like butterflies after their slow transformation in a cocoon. A time to learn to do with less and become creative.
“At the other end” to be comfortable with oneself and our neighbours, happy to be alive, in a society where the economical factors have gone topsy-turvy. Wealth will have lost its value; consumerism become a game of the past; growth means trees shooting new green shoots and grand parents seeing the children of their grand children play.
A new society where security means food, shelter,good health for all, rather than 15 nuclear submarines and border protection against hypothetical invaders.
In this time of reflection, let me dream of utopia perhaps, but surely a new level of social consciousness will take place.

Virus risk: US Marines should not deploy to Darwin
Well done!
I was waiting for the time when these issues of USA defense personnel in Darwin and Alice Spring (for the JDFPG) will be raised.
Our CM did not raise it, he did not mention any “exemption” for the military, therefore I assume that his “measures” apply to all movements in and out of the NT, whether military or civilian.
Human protection come first.

CBD revitalisation no show all council’s fault?
I can only applaud the common sense displayed by an “Interested Onlooker”(ASNews 17/03). I’ve tried repeatedly over the last three years to express a simple opinion: do not try to kill 2 birds with the same stone. It is either the Mall and the CBD, urban planning and anti-social behaviour management, or an Aboriginal Art Gallery of national relevance. Finally we’ll get neither. The development of an Art Gallery (National) is a specialised topic, leave it to art experts. It goes beyond NT/Town Council politics.
Similarly Covid-19 is a public health issue, leave it to doctors and epidemiologists to tell us the best course of action, not to politicians.

Five generations together in the one room
Congratulations to the women who have shown us the way of successful integration in our multicultural (and multi-lingual)community, and my best wishes to little Gabriella. I thought that with my 2 great-grand-daughters (the latest one born 14 March in Canberra), I was not doing too badly. But Rosa (who sang with me and many other locals, on the stage of Araluen some 20 years ago) is by far a role model of strength, resilience and happiness for all women to follow.
The Italian contribution to this town by the many post-war migrants who made Alice their home should be recorded before it goes into oblivion. Kieran Finnane, perhaps an oral history project for you.

Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces
I thank Kieran Finnane and Alice Springs News for giving us such a detailed critical analysis of what otherwise is the sad story of an Aboriginal kid growing up in our midst.
Is it good for export? The emphasis on some aspects of life in a town camp may project an incomplete image of what is going on in real terms.
I saw the movie at Araluen and heard the Qs and the concise As. I am familiar with the people it represents knowing personally most of them. After 35 years in Alice Springs and working with Aboriginal people, I left Larapinta Drive and adjacent Lovegrove Drive (where the large, modern, well resourced Yipirinya School is now located), going home somewhat disappointed.
I expected some insight into the possible solutions to the problems of boredom and lack of boundaries shown by our local indigenous youth, and others too, personalized by the charismatic Dujuan of Hidden Valley jumping on car roofs.
Definitely the primary school teacher we heard in the movie needs to be updated and inducted into Aboriginal two-way (without “s”) awareness, or at least trained on how to recover the interest of the children in her care, when a high percentage of kids in her class are Aboriginal.
Yipirinya School itself, established with great vision 40 years ago, is now a special school for Aboriginal kids with a “white” Principal and no longer a cultural director.
Is living a free life on the homeland – the only times we see Dujuan really happy – a holiday, or should a primary school be built there, could it assist in developing Dujuan’s capacity to contribute to a society where he may be able to acquire a house in the golf course area instead of seeing himself as one of the have-not’s? But this is not his real, deep in his blood, aspiration. However nowhere in the movie is there an utterance by the mother, grandmother, father or grandfather that self-control may yield some results. For all I know (and I know nothing) self-discipline is part of Aboriginal growing up into a man through initiation. I would have expected a hint of it as so much pride of his Aboriginality “runs in his blood”. The answers will have to come from within, in due course.
In conclusion, a big thank you from one Maya to another (Maya Newell) for her beautiful photographic work of a harsh reality.

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