Plaudits for child protector
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
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
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