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The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021


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FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NEWS 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 15 Fear cuts may lead to crime THE reduction in JobSeeker payments could lead to an increase in crime and deteriorating social outcomes for the Territorys most disadvantaged families, according to Central Australias youth and social work sector. Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) operations manager Blair McFarland said the introduction of the $550-a-fortnight coronavirus supplement in March 2020 coincided with an increase in the health and wellbeing of children presenting at youth centres, as well as a reduction in youth offending not just in Alice Springs but across the NT. Kids never looked so good as during COVID, Mr McFarland said. They came to youth centres better clothed, better fed and calmer. They werent stressed and worried about where their next meal was coming from. In a submission to the Productivity Commissions 2019 inquiry Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory, CAYLUS posited that hunger is closely associated with poor health and social outcomes and undermines the efforts of government in other areas. According to Mr McFarland, these poor social outcomes include an increase in youth offending. Anecdotally, police were saying there was less crime (after the COVID supplement was introduced), he said. An impoverished, starved community is going to be doing crime. So the COVID supplement was a huge social experiment in many ways, without meaning to be. What it demonstrated is keeping people under the poverty line creates crime and lots of other misery. Save the Children Australia NT director Noelene Swanson feared what the recent reduction in the coronavirus supplement could mean for families doing it tough. I think people are going to lose control of their lives again. Theyre still juggling their money now but at least theyre able to keep the power on, theyre able to fuel the car to take their kids to play hockey. Its going to go back to that extreme juggling where theres always one ball on the ground, and you just have to work out which balls gonna drop. With the most recent reduction in the coronavirus supplement, the maximum JobSeeker payment a single parent with dependent children can receive is $381 per week. DANIEL WOOD SWELs Kylie Elston will be the guest speaker at the luncheon on January 20. THE Chamber of Commerce NT has announced Kylie Elston as the guest speaker for its first Central Australia Women in Business Luncheon of 2021. We are delighted to announce the return of our Women in Business Luncheons, Chamber chief operating officer Nicole Walsh said. We look forward to hearing more from Kylie, a local successful businesswomen. Ms Elston is one of the creators and directors of Alice Springs steelworks company Special Welding and Engineering (SWEL). She is a born-and-raised Alice local and has lived in the town for more than 40 years. By age 28, Ms Elston had already purchased five residential investment properties. The event will take place on January 20 from midday to 2pm at the Alice Springs Golf Club. Tickets are $60. WOMEN IN BUSINESS LUNCH DANIEL WOOD Labor's cheaper childLabor's cheaper child care for working families.care for working families. LLaabboorr wwiillll ffiixx tthhiiss. Scan to find out how much youll save ChildCareCalculator.com.au centralianadvocate.com.au Aavoca1e 1 (7 Child Care L:J.:;J Calculator. Child care is too expensive and too complicated. We will cut the cost of child care for more than 1 million families. Authorised by Warren Snowdon MP, ALP Northern Territory, 6 Giles St Alice Springs NT 0870 Labor