Plau­dits for child pro­tec­tor

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Inbox - By Richard guil­li­att

My un­stint­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for Colleen Gwynne and her work with the Top End’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren (“Wel­fare war­rior”, Jun 30-Jul 1). She is ex­tend­ing the work that par­ents, es­pe­cially moth­ers, do in nur­tur­ing, dis­ci­plin­ing, pro­tect­ing and help­ing chil­dren. I hope your ar­ti­cle will go some way to de­vel­op­ing greater re­spect for and valu­ing of such work in the gen­eral com­mu­nity. Jan­ice M. Dwyer

Rose­bud, Vic

All power to Colleen Gwynne for her heroic ef­forts in bring­ing to pub­lic at­ten­tion the de­plorable state of some NT gov­ern­ment sys­tems. On both sides of pol­i­tics there has been an ab­sence of any ac­count­abil­ity or will to deal with the dif­fi­cult is­sues un­der the hu­man ser­vices um­brella. Prob­lems are ig­nored, or worse; staff spend an in­or­di­nate amount of time, ef­fort and tax­pay­ers’ money cov­er­ing up mis­takes and pro­tect­ing the sys­tem, rather than do­ing the jobs they are em­ployed to do. Sharyn Yelver­ton Ran­dalls Bay, Tas

Gwynne at­tributes the prob­lems be­set­ting the NT’s youth jus­tice and child pro­tec­tion sys­tems not to a lack of re­sources but their “ap­pli­ca­tion” and adds that the NT does not “seem to have enough peo­ple who can lead the re­sponse with pas­sion and op­ti­mism”. By re­sort­ing to sim­plis­tic and mis­in­formed throw­aways, Gwynne misses a chance to in­form read­ers of so­lu­tions to th­ese long­stand­ing prob­lems, such as en­abling Abo­rig­i­nal ex­per­tise to de­sign and de­liver pri­mary preven­tion and sec­ondary in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices to Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

An­nie Far­rell Lang­ford, WA been ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fy­ing crops for thou­sands of years. Rob Ryan Car­avon­ica, Qld

There is no doubt GM will play its part in the fu­ture, but this ar­ti­cle has not con­vinced me to al­ter my cau­tion with re­gards to it. I am sorry Mark Ly­nas feels guilty for his early days of ac­tivism; how­ever, I think we hu­mans have a right to be­lieve in a cause and to ques­tion. Maybe a bit of life ex­pe­ri­ence teaches us not to be­lieve ev­ery­thing we are told, to check our facts – and to fight for what we be­lieve is right.

Anne Janes Bulls­brook, WA in­side like a tank. And let’s not for­get the dom­i­nant tint of black, re­quir­ing air­con to the max. What do our cars tell us about our­selves: an ex­pres­sion of power or fear? Roe­lant Tops

Boreen Point, Qld

The writer of July’s best let­ter will win a prize pack from Aus­tralian skin­care brand DU’IT. DU’IT prod­ucts con­tain no parabens, petro­la­tum or min­eral oil. More in­for­ma­tion: duit.com.au

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