Government plans “exclusive of any meaningful consultation with the community affected by the proposal.” As the year draws to a close these words summed up the local political picture: a distant government holding the purse strings, calling the shots and seemingly incapable of either listening to or communicating frankly with the people and their local representatives. KIERAN FINNANE reports from last night's council meeting.
Updated 11.42 am, 28 November 2018, Minister's reply.
The Gunner Government needs to get their heads out of the clouds and take a fair and common sense approach to youth detention, write Robyn Lambley (Member for Araluen) and Terry Mills (Member for Blain).
UPDATE 2.30pm: The police union lashed out at the Department of Families over the Don Dale riot.
UPDATE 1.45pm Nov 9: Opposition Leader Gary Higgins accuses Families Minister Dale Wakefield of misleading the pubic over CCTV vision of the Don Dale riot and fire.
Youth detention is rising in Alice Springs (graph), according to figures of Territory Families. Boys behind bars vastly outnumber girls, and Aborigines outnumber non-aborigines by up to 100 times. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
As Chief Minister, I accepted the responsibility of making the changes necessary so no Chief Minister needs to address this again, writes Michael Gunner. Speakers at a small rally a short while ago (at left).
In the past three months, only one out of every 41 youth detainees in the NT was not Aboriginal. And on any given day, more young Aboriginal people on remand, without convictions, fill youth detention centres than those with convictions. PATHI RAJ reports.
When Dylan Voller (pictured) was remanded in custody to Aranda House in Alice Springs for the first time, it was for a number of criminal charges over a period of four months, including property damage at the school he was attending and assault on a classmate. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Don't put all Aboriginal kids in the "one box", a detainee's grandmother says. It is assumed her grandson comes from a broken home. Not so. She described a “close family” with both his parents “workers, home buyers”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.