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12 OPINION TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 We cant allow another to die ...and another thing ITS nothing but a tragedy that a child has died from sniffing deodorant cans in Alice Springs. The town has long been plagued by issues of people sniffing volatile substances and its not unheard of for even younger children to do the same thing with petrol, glue and aerosols in communities across the Territory. Getting involved in drugs and searching for an escape is the mark of yet another generation whose innocence quickly vanishes through exposure to harsh realities before they reach their teens. This 12-year-old boy seemed to have lost his childhood, and now his life. There is very little to help children who cant or dont want to help themselves. Many adolescents are on a mission of self-destruction and dont realise how their actions affect other people bad traits that continue into adulthood if nurtured with the right mix of drug and alcohol abuse, anger and self-pity. We need more outreach services available run by people that youths will connect with 24 hours a day to reduce the risk of more lives being lost. The shops in Alice Springs must be commended for recognising the sniffing issue and locking up volatile substances. Theres too little focus on the needs of kids who have already taken a bad route. Focus also needs to turn to their parents. Governments, including the Territorys, always talk about rehabilitation, bridging gaps, prevention and education. But the things that lure pollies into the fight are politically motivated, and are red taped to within an inch of being useless. Its time to take action on child drug abuse and there needs to be no expense spared. THE stupidity of some Territorians never ceases to amaze. Today, we feature a story about an adult who took 10 kids for a swim at the popular Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. During the dry season this would be fine but the problem with this visit was that the swimming spot was closed due to it being flooded. It was an act of stupidity too difficult to comprehend. We can just be thankful that no one was hurt. WHAT: A street light has been flickering on and off at the top of Gardens Rd, The Gardens, annoying residents. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: PowerWater general manager for Power Networks John Greenwood. CONTACT: 8924 5068 Do you know of something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give the Fixer a call on 8944 9750, email email@example.com or follow on Twitter @NTNTheFixer Redirect efforts AS a resident of The Narrows, I did not receive notification of the recent TRG exercise. Never mind, because I didnt hear one bang. Perhaps the explosions were drowned out by the noise of the drunks in the park adjacent to the complex mentioned. Mr White, why not direct your efforts and political connections towards solving a problem that has an ongoing impact on the lives of residents of The Narrows? TRG Fan, The Narrows Doco disappoints THE ABC TV program Blown Away, documenting the events leading up to Cyclone Tracy, was most disappointing. This biased production was a hobbled-together waste of taxpayers money. It consisted of two parts, the story of Tracy and the land rights issues. First, the program focused on the poor treatment of the indigenous population by the nasty white people. A statement by Larrakia indigenous consultant Eric Fejo did little to enhance the program as he said Cyclone Tracy was a wake-up call because of the white mans destruction of the land. Its (the cyclone) a wakeup call to start treating Aborigines better and back off what you (white people) are doin to this place, he said. I was there with my wife and small son, so we experienced Tracy. The destruction had nothing to do with white mans treatment of the indigenous population, but a flamin huge tropical storm. I was taken aback when indigenous consultant Kootji Raymond admitted he had looted shops. Mr Raymond also complained the nasty cops held up other indigenous people over suspected looting. The police were doing their job. The other comment was that there was inadequate warning of impending peril. This is not so as local ABC radio and commercial 8DN broadcasted regular accurate bulletins. The NT News would have published warnings too. Geoffrey Saunders, Townsville Keep them honest WITH the ABCs 7.30 NT program gone we need the commercial TV stations in Darwin to step up with weekly current affairs television for the NT. Im sure they could fill the gap. We need something desperately to keep the NT Government accountable on television. The ABCs 7.30 NT kept them on their toes. David Nicholls, Palmerston Good results cost EDUCATION in this country will only improve with a drastic overhaul of attitudes and an increase in funding. Teaching is not a one size fits all profession for which anyone can be trained. Some subject areas, notably mathematics, physics and chemistry, ought to be taught at all levels by someone whose own education in that discipline has gone well beyond the level at which they are teaching. To attract a maths or science graduate to teaching will require changes to the education system which will cost money and might involve different salary conditions for different categories of qualification. Additionally, all schools need properly qualified counsellors to assist with social and emotional problems from a basis of secular ethics, as well as suitably qualified career guidance officers. These officers would know something about the real world of work and the pathways to a successful post-school career. An examination of the most successful private schools would show they fit closely to the above description. It is time to stop bewailing the way Australian education is falling behind and make serious changes. You get what you pay for and good results need seriously good resources. Rosemary Jacob, Fannie Bay Raise your voice ARE you from the Northern Territory? Are you a woman who loves to ensure rural, remote and regional women can use their voice and have their powerful voices heard? Would you like to be part of an advisory group that provides an informative, engaging and interactive network that uses social and digital media to harness the thoughts of women? The National Rural Womens Coalition is looking for a woman to represent the NT on the Networks Advisory Group, which administers the National Rural Womens Network, a project of the NRWC. As a volunteer, you would be required to attend a teleconference meeting one evening each month, and give up to five hours of your time each month to plan National Rural Womens Network engagement activities. For more information visit nrwc.com.au/Projects/Nation alRuralWomensNetwork.aspx Submit Expressions of Interest to the program manager via firstname.lastname@example.org by COB on Friday, January 16. Sandra Ireson, NT Perhaps the explosions were drowned out by the noise of the drunks in the park adjacent to the complex mentioned. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: The Territory Government is expected to announce major changes to the education system next month. But Acting Education Minister Clare Martin remained tightlipped on what changes were on the agenda. 20 YEARS AGO: The Federal Government confirmed it was working on a worst-case scenario that 5000 Chinese boat people would arrive in the next few weeks. Immigration Department spokeswoman Jenny Hoskin said the number was based on contingency planning. 25 YEARS AGO: NT University will offer its own engineering degree and a bachelor degree in hospitality management from 1990. Accreditation panels, set up by the university and drawing on the experience of Australian experts, have given approval for the courses. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 FIXED
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