What a shame GC starts off with a completely incorrect …

Comment on Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue by Local 1.

What a shame GC starts off with a completely incorrect statement about the establishment of Police in Australia and then goes on to denigrate NT Police along with Ralph Folds by describing them as racist, violent and corrupt. I know we have freedom of speech in the country but to be able to make such a sweeping and deplorable statement like this is not only deplorable but an outright lie.
Like any organisation there may be certain members who do not uphold the values and ethics of the organisation, but to generalise the men and women on the NT Police is a slap in the face for every one of them, who commit themselves to the safety and protection of those in the community they serve. You cannot work effectively in a remote place like the Territory unless you are trusted and respected. Many of the police in these postings have earned this respect over the years through hard work and understanding.
For anybody to denigrate the work of our outstanding Officers, who put their lives on the line every single time they put on the uniform, is a disgrace. Take the time occasionally to read the judgement decisions or sentencing remarks from the NT Courts website and you may begin to understand the horrific violence and trauma many of these Officers deal with, protecting the victim and taking the (often) violent offender into custody, where the law is applied through the courts, regardless of colour, often after more than one warning.
With all the crap we are going through, I believe that NT Police members are some of the best in the country and have the respect of me, my friends of many different backgrounds and most likely more Aboriginal people than these detractors would want to believe. The posters of this divisive drivel need to hang their heads in shame, for they are a major part of the problem.

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Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
Apologies to Ralph Folds. I misread the very beginning if the post, and mistook the word can for can’t. Happy to retract that.


Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
Every time your phone rings at 3 or 4am? Whose phone rigs at that time?
Obviously most of the time it does it is not the bad news she is fearing. Does this happen a lot? That seems very strange.
So many accusations based on how others feel, presenting statements that are not open to scrutiny, just presented as fact?
No mention of the latest figures, just divisive, accusations to further divide our town. Nothing about the yearly police Officer of the Year awards, making a huge difference to the lives of communities and Aboriginal kids, just hatred and ignorance of the opportunities that many of the Aboriginal people in this town enjoy through their own efforts and desire to better themselves.
Twenty-five years have passed since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).
The latest research examines the trends and characteristics of Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991–92, using data obtained through the National Deaths in Custody Program (NDICP).
NDICP data show Indigenous people are now less likely than non-Indigenous people to die in prison custody, largely due to a decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners from 1999–2000 to 2005–06.
Coinciding with this decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners is a decrease in the hanging death rate of Indigenous prisoners.
Monitoring trends and characteristics of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous deaths in custody supports the development of proactive strategies addressing this important issue.
The paper is available and catalogued under ISBN: 978 1 922009 41 8.


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@ CAYJ: It is not as simple as relying on a fact check from The Conversation, it would be easy to post a contrary view from any other source, which is more right leaning.
This is the problem with non-independent news sources, as a lot of the stories they present are flavoured by the news services they subscribe to.
This is one of the reasons I like the Alice Springs News, as it is not controlled and is truly independent.
When you say that the Northbridge curfew did not work, you need to expand on that with “which part” did not work as there are many aspects to it.
One of the criticisms of it is that critics state it moved offenders from one part (Northbridge) to another part of town.
This would not happen in Alice Springs because there is only one CBD area, not neighbouring ones like in Perth.
Again it depends on who you talk to to see the effectiveness of it. Talk to business owners, it was a success because it did see a displacement of the youths who were committing the crimes in the area (and other reasons), and despite a spike in 2007, it is now significantly lower.
Talk to social justice agencies and they will claim it was not a success due to it targeting Aboriginal youth and their rights (and other reasons).
Unfortunately I and many of my friends will not go into the Alice Springs CBD at night any more due to the very real risk of vehicles being damaged, being involved in or witnessing anti social behaviour, or coming home to a damaged house.
Look at the number of restaurants that have closed over the years, you can only afford so much insurance.
There are numerous examples of this occurring from either social contacts or social media (with photos and or video to substantiate the claims).
Regardless of the Northbridge example, the common theme is that we need some form of curfew, maybe not the exact same one. Everything we have tried before has failed to work, and it is now as bad as it has ever been.


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I for one understand the strategic need for Pine Gap and similar places.
It is usually those with the best intelligence that wins a war, and if it comes to it I would rather be on the winning side thanks very much.
War is a very dirty business however we face enemies who don’t always play by the rules.
To understand the role intelligence gathering read a book about the Mossad called Gideons Spies.
The Chinese and other powers that may become direct threats to use must be rubbing their hands together with glee when they see our own citizens trying to tear down the defence network that has been built up over the years, given time and enough left wing protests to gradually chip away at what is necessary, they will be able to walk in one day and become our new masters with a lot less effort thanks to traitors who would have Pine Gap close its doors.
Our allies may use drone strikes which may go astray from time to time, but remember our enemies are more than happy to use aeroplanes full of people to achieve the same result.
The Americans who work for this vital asset are welcome and important to this town, and actively contribute to it whenever they can.
The reason you don’t get told some of the stuff they uncover is that if you knew the threats that exist, you would awake all night in fear.
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Alex, the biggest irony of your comment is you fail to see that my comment was pure sarcasm. How ironic!


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Remember that the original estimates when pushing for this was that the annual visitor numbers were going to increase by 700,000 pax per year EXTRA (not sure of the exact numbers).
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