Tag Archives: Wadeye

Alice may follow Wadeye’s lead on street kids

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Kids safe and happy in “gated facility” in Wadeye. Would it work to keep our street kids in check? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Proper’ drinking: elusive goal but how hard have we tried?

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As Alice Springs looks once again at the pernicious problem of excessive drinking in our town – guided by a new Liquor Commission working with a new Liquor Act and a new reform framework – a new book can help inform the inevitable debates. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Maggie Brady’s Teaching ‘Proper’ Drinking.  FULL STORY »

Carrots for jobs, sticks for education and grog

New NT Intervention measures

 

While the Australian Government is extending the ‘stick’ approach in the field of education, tying welfare payments to school attendance, and alcohol, extending income management arrangements for people with alcohol related problems, there was no mention of the stick in relation to jobs. The announcements today, part of the Northern Territory Intervention Mark 2, are all ‘carrots’, sounding very like the carrots proffered in the past. This new bunch cost $19.1 million.

On the government’s school attendance ‘stick’ Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion says: “Labor is all talk and no action with the re-announcement of welfare quarantining of Aboriginal parents who don’t get their children to school.

“This government can re-announce this policy until the cows come home but it is no good unless it is acted on and people are breached.”

Headlining the government’s new programs are 50 new ranger positions in the Working on Country program.

There’s also emphasis on local filling local jobs, with traineeships to support up to 100 Aboriginal people to fill service delivery jobs in their communities. FULL STORY »