Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0302 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 2 MARCH 2018
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I AM deeply concerned by the
alleged sexual assault of a two-
year-old child in Tennant Creek,
particularly reports that prior no-
tifications were received about
the household where the incident
The NT Police is conducting a full
investigation of this incident and the
Northern Territory Children’s Commis-
sioner has announced an investigation.
Territory Families has launched an im-
mediate internal review of this incident
for the purpose of assessing the quality
of services delivered to this child and
The social issues that alcohol misuse
and over-supply present for vulnerable
NT communities are of utmost concern
for the Northern Territory Government.
Alcohol abuse and high rates of domes-
tic violence are significant factors in a
large portion of child protection notifica-
tions, investigations and substantiations.
The NT Government commissioned the
Riley; Alcohol Policies and Legislation
Review and is responding with a com-
prehensive range of supply and demand
measures to address alcohol-related
violence and harm.
The Royal Commission into the Pro-
tection and Detention of Children in
the Northern Territory handed down its
report and the NT Government is com-
mitted to implementing the required sys-
temic reforms supported by new funding.
The Royal Commission found that
focusing solely on the operations of the
child protection system fails to recog-
nise the profound social, cultural and
economic problems facing Aboriginal
people and that real change requires a co-
ordinated and aligned approach between
the NT Government, Commonwealth
Government and community sector.
The alleged assault is horrific and we
have seen incidents like this happen
before calling for generational change
critically required to break the cycle of
neglect and abuse.
Government has embarked on a raft of
generational policy shifts including $1.1
billion over 10 years for remote Indig-
enous housing as we know overcrowding
and inappropriate housing negatively af-
fects the health and safety of all children.
This policy will see thousands of reno-
vations, new and replacement houses
constructed and jobs supporting remote
families also impacting on towns bur-
dened with high levels of visitors.
Government is implementing the most
sweeping alcohol reforms in the NT’s
history leading transformational change
for the prevention of alcohol related
harm, committed to a floor price on
alcohol, cap on takeaway licencing, risk
based licencing and a new model for
point of sale interventions.
Government is committed to the Royal
Commission into Youth Justice and Child
Protection as a critical roadmap in sup-
port of vulnerable Territory families.
Government is investing an additional
$53m into a youth justice overhaul that
sees greater emphasis on preventing
young people from offending and invest-
ing $70m into new, purpose-built youth
detention facilities in Darwin and Alice
Springs. Government is committed to a
10-year early childhood development
plan to give all NT children the best
start in life through a range of universal
services, early intervention and targeted
support services. Government is commit-
ted to an Aboriginal Justice Agreement
where consultations commenced in 2017
with Aboriginal communities across the
NT to deliver a better justice system and
better outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Targeted investment in programs and
services which address the broader social
determinants impacting on vulnerable
children and families is imperative how-
ever personal and community responsi-
bility for effecting individual behavioural
change is essential!
Member for Barkly
Critical generational change
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