Erwin and Kieran. This article has generated sharply polarised positions …

Comment on Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue by John Bell.

Erwin and Kieran. This article has generated sharply polarised positions on the NT police in the comments so far.
Perhaps to add perspective and balance, you could consider an article based on interviews with individual police officers, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
Without their personal views being sought, they have to silently cop criticism that must be extremely hurtful for them personally as they go about their daily duties.
I have known some wonderful police officers in the NT.
I can only imagine the pain they must be feeling right now.

Recent Comments by John Bell

The Territory is too big for them to grasp
I read somewhere once that Australia is the most over-governed country in the western world. The highest ratio of politicians per head of population.
Bob’s argument certainly conforms with that line of thinking.


NT to become just one Federal seat of Parliament
Before Warren has to toss the coin, I have a unanswered questions about the expenditure of Commonwealth Department of Health grant funds in 2010-2012 in the Indigenous Marathon Project on his watch.
Simple questions.
No reason why simple answers cannot be forthcoming


Zachary Rolfe prosecution: possible hearing in September
Thanks for the explanation, Erwin.
Somehow, though, I tend to believe that a great number of Alicians will be most reluctant to express their views publicly. Alicians on all sides of the issue.
Good people, people of conscience and integrity. Alicians who love their town. Alicians who are in despair and are losing hope.


Zachary Rolfe prosecution: possible hearing in September
So many Alicians are refraining from making any comment whatsoever on this most important social matter. Their silence is significant. Their reasons for remaining silent would be most enlightening.
[ED – No surprise there, John. The matter is sub judice, that means “under the judge,” and publishing any fact relating to evidence, unless having been mentioned in court, is in contempt of court and subject to significant penalties. We will have a thorough coverage of the court case.]


Person offences up, property down, in lock-down month
I would think these stats have been replicated in all the states and territories during the lockdown.
Easy to see why home break-ins and car thefts were down. People have been at home. Thieves and robbers aren’t particularly known for their bravery when they know they may face an angry family member with a baseball bat.
But it doesn’t really explain why commercial break-ins have been down. No trading, no cash on the premises perhaps?


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