Creating tangible consequences for juvenile offenders, picking up the ball Labor has dropped on tourism promotion, and defining how the current government's mammoth deficit can be reduced without affecting vital services, that's what will keep the Country Liberals on the hop between now and the elections in a year's time, says the party's president, Ron Kelly (pictured). He spoke with Alice Springs News editor ERWIN CHLANDA.
Braitling MLA Dale Wakefield and Chief Minister Michael Gunner have just released their Back on Track: Cutting Youth Crime plan, including significant initiatives such as boot camps, construction industry training by private companies, and new powers for the police. Their media release is published here in full, and we invite our readers to comment.
Families Minister Dale Wakefield (at left) has put a number on "high risk young people" namely "up to 30". MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (at right) says Operation Cradle is a fizzer. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Trouble makers' bail could include sending them to their communities, says Police Commissioner Kershaw (pictured with Commander, Domestic and Personal Violence Command, Kris Evans and Acting Commander Bradley Currie (centre). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
As the second summer of youth offending is unfolding on the watch of Families Minister Dale Wakefield, a team (pictured) from her department is conducting a pilot program with street kids. But it won't be evaluated before March, and the Minister has still not disclosed crime figures for December 2017. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Taking away resources from all kids to punish that small number of naughty ones helps the naughty ones recruit as it engenders a feeling that the town is unfair on kids, and that being good does not result in opportunities, comments seasoned youth worker BLAIR McFARLAND (pictured).
As Michael Gunner, Dale Wakefield and the police maintain an information black-out on summer crime, a youth worker with decades of experience, speaking with ERWIN CHLANDA, says offending by kids is rampant. ARCHIVE PHOTO: Aftermath of a ram raid by juveniles last year.