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The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021


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22 OPINION FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ADDRESS CAUSES OF CRIME In response to all the lock em up, build bigger prisons, personal responsibility, youth crime, why should I suffer content of the letters and text in these pages, Im thinking I should let other more respected and eminent people than me have their say on the matter. Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa. I was born and raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless. Will. I.Am Without addressing the causes of crime which is poverty, homelessness, hopelessness locking kids in cells just creates better skilled adult criminals. Somewhere along this path we need to break the cycle. Punishment to make us feel good is just revenge. Revenge just eats at our souls and ruins our health. That doesnt mean people that commit crimes should get off scot-free but if we want a better society and we want less crime, we need justice that includes addressing the causes of crime. Ill let someone who has lived the life sum it up for us all. Homelessness to me was a feeling of death. There is nowhere to go, no-one to see and no-one who cares. People generally believe you are a bum and were always meant to live a homeless existence Beside the feeling of shame and uselessness is the feeling of terror and hunger. Hunger can turn a person into a madman. The desire for food greatly exceeds the thought of right and wrong and in many cases I stole to survive. Formerly homeless young person, Our Homeless Children: Report of the National Inquiry into Homeless Children by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1989), p 49. If this was someone you knew, would you punish them in an act of revenge for their stealing or would you give them a hug and tell them that they are loved? Mike of Tiwi FIX HOUSING PROBLEM Our governments housing policy or lack of, creates youth criminals. Here are two sad inditements on our NT government and its approach to housing. 1) NT News 24/03 Tennant homes allocated. The NT government is giving itself a big pat on the back for tenanting five new homes in Tennant Creek. You want us all to bow down at your feet thankful and excited that you alleviated just 0.1 per cent of the housing crisis you yourself have measured? Mr Gunners own people have indicated that we have a shortfall of 5000 houses across the NT, a number that grows every year. You really want us all to say well done youve achieved so much for reducing the housing short fall by 0.1 per cent? Call me when you at least reduce it by 1 per cent. 2) NT News 19/03 Housing complex faces end. In the same attention seeking pat on the back way, the NT government is looking for kudos for demolishing a 32-unit complex in Palmerston. I guess that wipes out your 0.1 per cent gain in Tennant Creek. Maybe we should be asking why, if they are beyond economic repair, they all have new paint jobs and brand new solar hot water systems? Can the Minister release the numbers on how many dollars were spent on buildings beyond economic repair over the past two years? Some of us think this is merely a political move, unplanned and reactionary to the negative comment you receive from the way you run your housing. If this was planned why are there no plans for the use of the site? Perhaps this department is devoid of ideas so here is one give the whole block to Venture Housing so they can rent them out to low-income workers and run it properly. But I digress. Poverty is the mother of crime. Marcus Aurelius. As the singer Jewel wrote: Most homeless kids are on the streets because they have been forced by circumstances that cause them to think that they are safer there than in any home they once knew. Our current deplorable housing situation adds to poverty, adds to youth on the streets, adds to crime. By knocking down more houses than it builds, the Northern Territory government is directly adding to the stressors and causes of poverty and youth crime. We had a youth justice report but we piecemeal implemented the recommendations, we didnt resource it adequately so it has failed. Instead, we will spend more money with little regard on punitive responses to crime, overcrowd the jails and blow our budgets big time for no cause. When you do not deal with the causes of poverty, crime will not reduce. If punishment was the answer there would be no drug trafficking through Indonesia and there would be no murder in the USA. If the ultimate punishment of death wasnt enough why do we think we can get a different result here? Heres a thought, Ministers Worden and Paech build more houses than you demolish. Ministers Manison and Moss contribute some of your mega budgets to help build those houses. Chief Minister Gunner all we want from you is leadership and for you to encourage excellence and innovation. A lot of issues facing the NT relate to housing and the lack of it. Crime is but one. The answer is so simple, the evidence is there, only ideologies prevent solutions. How can you claim youve been successful when you have growth roughly 3 per cent, but youve got the worst homelessness in the developed world? Jacinda Ardern. Thank God she didnt look over our way, she thinks things are bad in NZ but we the Northern Territory hold all the homeless world records no joke. Still here and still winning, sorry whining, in Tiwi PUT A STOP TO SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR THE Territory political land-scape has been implicated insimilar sex scandals to thosedominating the nationalheadlines this week which have caused pain and heartache to those involved. Why is it the behaviour of some men who rise to the top of politics and the public service falls well below the moral expectations of the public? The problem comes from within and the male colleagues who dont speak up and take a stand against the disgusting acts that have taken place. Under the mask of power, indiscretions can be swept away and hidden because of the fear that can be wielded towards those who want to break the cycle. Often the only time incidents are revealed is when someone is brave enough to speak up against the perceived weight of repercussions which could fall upon them if they break ranks. This is how culture is changed for the better. But it shouldnt have to come to this. Everyone has a responsibility to make sure their colleagues are safe in the workplace. The saying goes that with great power comes great responsibility. It is time the men who have been caught up in these scandals and the ones who are yet to be exposed live up to those expectations for the sake of the women they work with and for the generation of girls growing up now. NIFTY REMINDS US OF THE DANGERS SHOCKED tourists witnessed anepic spectacle at Adelaide Riverthis week when a massive croc ambushed another croc. The ferocious 5.5m croc Nifty gave onlookers quite a shock when he suddenly emerged from the water below and attacked a 3m croc called Turbo. The spectacular vision is a stunning reminder of the pure might these crocs possess. Thankfully poor old Turbo was able to eventually escape Niftys grasp. He was seen later that day with a few battle scars but still alive. Dominant male crocs have been known to fight viciously over territory in Adelaide River. Two of the rivers most ferocious rival crocs, Dominator and Brutus, were caught on camera by tourists during battle in 2019. The Top End has obviously had a really good wet season so far and were getting crocodiles moving into all these different areas so Be Crocwise! McDonald's Palmerston employee Mahaya Penny is still busy working at 70. Picture: Katrina Bridgeford OPINION @ TWITTER @TheNTNews FACEBOOK facebook.com/TheNTNews @ @ @ POST EMAIL MOBILE PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 news@ntnews.com.au 0428 NTNEWS NT~ News SUPER SNAPS LETTERS WRITE To Us Make sure to include your name, address and phone number if verification is required. Only your name and suburb will be printed. Please note we reserve the right to edit letters for reasons such as clarity and length. PRIVACY POLICY: Our privacy policy at https://preferences.news.com.au/privacy includes important information about our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information (including to provide you with targeted advertising based on your online activities). 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