@ Ted Egan: Ted, I note with interest your reference …

Comment on Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime? by John Bell.

@ Ted Egan: Ted, I note with interest your reference to the “Bob Beadman towns” proposed so many years ago.
I first met Bob when I went to work for the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation in Canberra in 1981.
Bob was in Aboriginal Affairs. Bob showed a genuine interest in our work to promote sport for Aboriginal youth.
In 1982 when the NASF held the first ever presentation of Aboriginal national youth sport awards on Channel 7’s Sunday World of Sport in Melbourne on February 14, 1982, Bob was the first to ring us and congratulate Brian Dixon, Syd Jackson and the board.
Then in 1992 Bob was an ATSIC manager who gave evidence in the Castan human rights tribunal case. Bob has certainly been around in Aboriginal youth affairs.

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Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
@ Ted Egan. I note your comment “The Arranta Elders must be invited to call the shots”.
I accept your long history of very special involvement in the Aboriginal community.
In view of the reality of the current difficult tribal population mix in Alice, how do you propose this invitation should be extended?
By whom?
And how can the Arranta people call the shots in the practical day to day governance of the town?
Do you have a plan to be implemented? I am interested in your views.


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Harts Range garnet mine in trouble
In the 1970s we used to convoy it from Melanka to the Harts Range race meeting weekend.
Never knew if it was the sun glinting off the mica in them there hills, or the reflection off the bottom of the CB stubs.


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
@ Peter Dixon: “The charges must have been laid on the evidence.”
Not necessarily. Peter, I agree with you that police are not above the law.
But the question here is – why was the charge of murder laid so quickly? There is a whiff of NT government influence here. In the highly volatile immediate community reaction at the time, so hastily laying the most serious charge of murder, rather than say, manslaughter, it is not a quantum leap to think that police were leaned on by the NT government to try to defuse and placate the community anger.
Down here in Victoria, when 26 government MPs were found by Ombudsman Deborah Glass to have rorted (i.e. misappropriated) public funds of $300,000 to pay Red Shirt volunteers to win the 2014 election, Andrews refused to allow the police to interview them.
They were never charged and sit in Parliament scot free today. The same major party is in government in Victoria and the NT.
Who is to say that the NT police were not leaned on in a similar manner by Mr Gunner?


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@ Evelyne Roullet: I respect your comment Evelyne.
However, the third person is only “central” to the incident in the fact that he is a witness whose account may or may not be given weight to find guilty or acquit.
My point is that the two central young men have been impossibly captured and trapped by the media and stereotyped into opposing racial camps.
The media cannot help itself. Sensationalism that only exacerbates the bitterness and attracts readers and viewers.


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With all due respect. The Australian’s reporting of this incident, and for that matter the reporting of every other mainstream media outlet, gave full and fair coverage – sensationalistic coverage, in fact – to the community’s outrage.
From the very first moment that the news broke, it was reported with very heavy implication that it was a racial incident. With hatred of police thrown in.
Anyone who dared to suggest otherwise ran a serious risk of accusations of racism.
Two young men were central to this incident. The dead Young man will rightly be respected and honoured in death. As should be by family and friends and community.
However, the one who has been charged with murder (very hastily it would seem for political reasons), is now firmly stereotyped as a white racist.
His pic has been emblazoned on the front pages and we know him as a white twenties lad with tattoos from a white well-off family.
He has been condemned automatically by at least 50% of the population.
I will be very interested to see if his trial will be by jury or judge alone.
I think a jury trial would not guarantee a fair trial.
Media attention to the different treatment he has been accorded will only make a fair trial by jury even more doubtful.


Alice group says ‘no’ to extradition of Assange
@ Jerry Fitzsimons: A former local 4 has a fair point; why worry about Assange when there are far more relevant and important local issues to report in many Alicians’ opinion.
I tend to agree. I have long been impressed with Murray Stewart’s Desert League of Champions initiative.
I personally think it has been a lovely community bonding exercise over the last 20 years. 10 nominees every year for 10 years then a big celebration of the 100 in 2019.
Much prefer to read a report on an event celebrating Alicians and the sporting history of a town that has a magnificent sporting tradition than reading about the Socialist group rally.


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