This is a glimpse into the life of an intellectually disabled man who didn’t receive appropriate care and support when he was young. The result of this was the fatal stabbing of his Uncle.
He was never convicted of the offence because of his serious disabilities, but is looked after in Alice Springs prison because there is nowhere else to accommodate him.
With no likely alternative care arrangement or release date in sight, a campaign to free him and similar offenders is underway. This action is set to culminate in a battle between human rights lawyers and governments in the High Court.
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Have you ever been to Alice Springs? Well, if you have you will know that the Alice is the heart of Australia in more ways than one. If you haven’t, then you should join the thousands of overseas visitors who regularly flock to the Alice.
You will be in awe of many things in the Alice, especially when you see how a community in the middle of Australia can, in so many ways, be a microcosm of our country.
The Alice has all the great personalities you get in the big cities. There are the talk show presenters at Radio 8HA like Adrian Renzi, or “Renz” to his friends, who are great at expressing the public indignation on issues of importance to the local community. There is, of course, the local ABC Radio Station where presenters like Breakfast Show host, Stewart Brash, start the locals thinking about the day’s big issues.
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They reckon the world is shrinking. It’s not. Far-places are still far-flung, no matter how fast your laptop starts up.
The Greyhound Bus trip from Darwin to Tennant Creek takes 13 hours and 50 minutes. You can get from Sydney to Dubai in the same time.
It’s a drag, but the options are limited. The plane used to fly daily; now it’s twice a week. There’s a train, the one John Howard built back at the turn of the century, but it’s slower than the bus. It doesn’t even stop at Tennant unless you slip the driver a carton.
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