The stick needs to be added to the carrot to enforce parental responsibility, reduce youth crime and get able-bodied people off the dole, says Member for Braitling Adam Giles (pictured).
If that is not done, none of the other initiatives will work.
He was responding to more than 40 comments posted by Alice Springs News Online readers, voicing extreme frustration with yet another summer of crime, are concerned that people will take the law into their own hands, and are urging the end of unconditional welfare. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Jobs galore and not many takers: The town's biggest construction project right now is Lasseters' $35 million development. The new resort style pool is part of it, due to open at the end of this month. Claire Ryan Photography.
"A lot of people have two jobs to keep this town going.
"Many businesses have scaled down, passed up bidding for big jobs, closed their premises and are working from home. They can't get staff," says Kay Eade, Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce.
Yet there are 543 "job seekers receiving Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance" in The Alice, according to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The department's "Central Australian Remote Servicing Team" lists 1649 job seekers and Yuendumu, 85.
That adds up to 2277 for the region. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the jobs front where a lot of things just don't make sense.