Stone throwing triggers new debate about law and order, but it's a same-same debate, with parental responsibility still not getting much of a mention, nor is the view of serious commentators that not police but society much reduce crime. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At left: NT Police Association president Paul McCue.
A number of the children who appeared in court this week in relation to the recent rock throwing and vandalism incidents were already in care of the Department of Children and Families, write Antoinette Carroll and Christa Bartjen-Westermann, of Making Justice Work.
A letter from the police to the Town Council has revealed alarming figures of youth disturbances and rock throwing during the Easter holidays. But Chief Minister and Minister for Police Adam Giles, whose government has dramatically reduced funding for youth services, says councillors who fear there could be similar events in the current holidays, should take action themselves, including giving street kids a lift home. RACHEL McFADDEN spoke with Mr Giles yesterday (see video). He is pictured at the Show, on the podium, white shirt, clapping.
In November 2007 we reported that Debbie King, a ward clerk at the Alice Hospital, drove her car on Wills Terrace past Anzac Hill (in the background of the photo) when a rock thrown from the hill crashed into her windscreen. Five and a half years later, pelting cars with stones is a rampant as ever. Last week a tourist bus was attacked twice in the space of one hour, the second time when it was ferrying visitors from a restaurant to their hotel. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the new Minister for Children and Families, Alison Anderson (at left).
Alice Springs police are not waiting to be called before acting on domestic violence, Detective Superintendent Brent Warren told the Alice Springs Town Council last night. He said domestic violence assaults make up "a huge component of our violent assaults work" and that detectives are working on "a more proactive approach in dealing with victims and offenders": "We're monitoring people who've got domestic violence orders, going out and doing checks without being called. We're checking on a person: if they're a high risk victim we're making sure the offender is not around at the time or otherwise breaking the conditions of that order." KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Police make an arrest in a town camp. Photo from our archive.