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A youth curfew is council policy … despite vote against Ald Melky's motion

A youth curfew is official Town
Council policy. It's called a "Night Time Youth Strategy" and one of its
measures is to have unsupervised children 15 years and under "taken
into protective care and custody if found on the streets of Alice
Springs at night" between 10pm and 5am. It's been on council's books
since November 27, 2006.

It appears Mayor Damien Ryan was unaware of that: He tweeted on
September 2, well before the matter came before the council again later
that month: "I do not support a Youth Curfew, this proposal is not a
#alicecouncil position."

As council prepared to formally vote down Alderman Eli Melky's youth curfew motion
on Monday, Ald Murray Stewart reminded his colleagues of the anomaly.
If they were going to vote against Ald Melky, they really should also
put a recision motion to the meeting on this policy: it would be
"disingenuous" not to.
Mayor Damien Ryan, in the chair, knocked that idea on the head. He asked
for debate on Ad melky's motion to be limited to presenting new
information.  Ald Melky attempted to oblige by responding to points
previously raised by Mayor Ryan in objection to the proposed
curfew. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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