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The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Jan 2013



The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Jan 2013


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Alice Springs

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P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 9 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 6 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 OPINIONOPINION ALICE BY NUMBERS OPINIONOPINIONOPINIONOPINION ALICE BY NUMBERS OPINIONOPINION Thankyou everyone I want to say a big thank you to the Alice Springs Golf Club, sponsors, coaches, volunteers, junior committee, Stephen Tieck, other professionals, the people that look after the course and the Pearson family at the Paul Pearson Cup. Also to the parents and grandparents for bringing the kids from all states and territories. Everyone playing in the event had a lot of fun, learning lots, facing up to the heat and doing their best. Tabitha Cross Alice Springs Senatemove is arrogant Re the debate about the selection of Nova Peris as Labors No.1 choice in the Territory for the Senate. I find the PMs selection of Peris insulting. First, as a member of the ALP here in the Territory since 1972, the fact that Peris is not now, and nor has she been, a member of the party, makes me suspect the wisdom of the PMs action; dumb is one word which springs to mind. Second, Aborigines have to earn the right, as we all do, to contest ballots for political positions (as did both Alison Anderson and Marion Scrymgour). I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of Aboriginal people who are active members of the ALP in the Territory. And the PM has obviously forgotten the fact that the Aboriginal vote in the bush was a very significant factor in the CLP defeating Labor in last years elections. Dumb springs to mind, again. However, it is my third reason which really angers me. A few years ago, Chief Minister Marshall Perrons (CLP Government) legislation to legalise euthanasia was rudely and arbitrarily overturned by the then Prime Minister John Howard, and Kevin Andrews. We were all angry at the arrogance of those two men then, irrespective of our politics; it was our legislation! So what are we now seeing with the Captains Choice? The same arrogance to the needs (democratic ones) of (Labor) Territorians. This member of the captains crew is in a very mutinous mood, and I know others who are feeling the same way. Morgan Flint, Alice Springs Anaive viewpoint To the author of the letter Toughness has failed published last Friday, it is obvious your lack of understanding is equal only to your ignorance. Wake up. You speak with no intellect. Leave Alice to those with common sense and the prevailing wisdom to do what is right by a people incapable of looking after themselves. I work in AOD in the remote sector and am dumbfounded by your hypercritical arrogance. Go back to school Miss Naive. Toby, Alice Springs Keepdogs on leash I am so sick of irresponsible dog owners putting my dogs at risk. Every night my husband walks our dogs, taking two at a time. Three of our dogs are over 10 years old and, yes, we have a kennel licence. Our dogs are terriers - energetic and excitable - so my husband keeps them on a tight, short leash when other dogs are about. You dont expect your neighbourhood dogs to be running loose. This has happened three times in the past two days. On the first occasion one of our dogs was attacked from behind and injured. The other two times involved another dog, and my husband was able to keep the dogs apart with difficulty and under a great deal of stress. On no occasion did the owners come to help. If you own a dog please keep it under effective control at all times. It is not OK to walk them off lead. It is not OK to leave your gates open, even when you are in the garden. Owning a dog is a blessing, an honour and a responsibility. Erica Whitehead Alice Springs Editorial Curfew on kids not the answer THE Northern Territory Governments ruling out of a blanket curfew in Alice Springs is welcome. The uncertainty that followed calls, including from within the ranks of Alice Springs Town Council, for a curfew to be imposed as a solution to the recent spate of late-night anti-social behaviour and crime, was unnecessarily unsettling and antagonistic to large sections of the community. It is hard to find anyone with experience in this area who considers that a curfew for children is appropriate or effective. And, importantly, it would unjustly penalise the vast majority of the young people in Alice Springs who are well-behaved and perfectly law-abiding. This in turn gives them the wrong message about being responsible for their own actions. However, it is understandable that large sections of the community are concerned about the rise in crime, particularly late in the evening or early morning, much of which is blamed on unsupervised young people. The fact that it appears to be a seasonal occurrence that diminishes as the summer recedes, doesnt make you feel better if your car has just been trashed. You want the problem fixed. But a lasting solution can be achieved only by a co-ordinated approach that does not rely on highly restrictive imposed controls. In particular, professionals recommend strengthening and expanding programs that keep at-risk young people or those already in trouble with the law engaged and motivated. In those areas where appealing to parental responsibility cannot or does not work, proven programs should be supported. ...and another thing IF anyone needed proof of the extraordinary diversity of the Australian population, they only had to attend the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in Alice Springs last Saturday. The 79 people who took the oath represented 17 countries, with the largest contingent, 18, from Zimbabwe, which narrowly beat the Philippines with 17. We welcome your letters to the Centralian Advocate. Letters To The Editor should be 200 words or less and sent to PO Box 2254, 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs 0871, or via email to ceneditoral@aliceadvocate.com.au. Please include your name and home address. 18 The number of new Aussies at Saturdays Citizenship ceremony from Zimbabwe. 79 The number of people who became new Australian citizens at Saturdays ceremony380+ The number of runners (and walkers) who took part in the Australia Day Fun Run. PoetsCorner Do you have a short poem you wish to submit? Send it to: ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au Birds of Alice Bryan Clark Something learned I work As a cleaner Factory floor Annually My implements Are replaced With Newer products Breakages Must be reported Complaints Must be aired To my manager In this job I have learned, It doesnt pay To be smarter Than the broom No need to treat youths as criminals Letters to the Editor PO BOX 2254, 2 GAP ROAD, ALICE SPRINGS FAX: 8950 9740 ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au The debate on whether a youth curfew should be imposed is taking attention away from the important discussion on how we can best make communities safer places. There is little evidence youth curfews have ever been successful in reducing crime rates. What we do know, is that this type of measure would take up valuable police resources that could be directed at more effective measures, as well as stigmatising young people in our community by treating them as criminals. We need to do more to prevent children and young people from engaging in antisocial behaviour and crime. In doing so, we should build on knowledge and experience of what works. In Australia and many other countries there are programs that focus on giving at-risk young people organised leisure activities to both divert them from offending, and engage them in positive interests. Already, youth outreach workers and youth services in Alice Springs provide some similar opportunities to these, but there is room for this work to be expanded. More intensive responses are needed for children and young people who are at risk of, or already engaged in anti-social or criminal activities. These responses need to focus on the issues that these young people face, including problems at home, drug and alcohol issues and mental illness. Such supports need to be available to break the cycles of repeat offending that are making our communities less safe places. Sally Parnell Acting Chief Executive Jesuit Social Services