Wednesday, July 16, 2003

NSW Calls for Brogden curfew

The citizens of New South Wales are calling for a curfew on outrages statements made by John Brogden about stealing children away from their parents.

Threatening children is an offence.

Brogden must be sacked immediately and never be given a chance to ever use his position to oppose the current literature in relation to parent effectiveness training, raising children and the stolen generation.

Discipline, threats and punishment only get short-term results if any at all.

To address offending behaviour and get long term results you have to start inviting the children in the decision making process, John. If their parents haven't got the skills to pass onto their children then you can blame the curriculum. For children who are at risk of not getting social skills from their parents, then that is where school comes in? That is, if your school knows how to deal with at risk children.

If you invite the children into the decision making process then you get more information and an obligation from the children to behave. Then they'll like you John, and they won't think you're so rotten. Mr Liberal man?

If you take children away from their parents, then because you're a rotten meanie who is judging them, sooner or later, John, you're going to cop it.

New South Wales Opposition leader John Brogden is calling for a curfew to be introduced for children under the age of 14.

Brogden made the suggestion in Dubbo today.

He spent last night visiting a local Aboriginal centre in response to the recent Dubbo crime petition.

Eleven-thousand people signed the petition which calls for children as young as eight who commit crimes to be removed from their parents.

Brogden says children should only be removed from their parents in extreme cases. But he says something needs to be done to keep children off the streets both in Dubbo and greater New South Wales.

"I think were now getting close to the point where there is a significant problem in some parts of NSW, both city and country, that we need to trial the concept of a curfew for kids under 14," he said.

By Stolen Generation 16 July 03

THE SKUNK: Something needs to be done to stop politicians inventing short-term solutions that don't work and in fact only exacerbate the problems.


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School Curriculum needs balance? Life Skills and Academic Skills go hand in hand man Colin you need to be the students friends not their judge. Only when you can invite the students into the decision making process will you get an obligation by them to change their behaviour, because you Colin could lead by example and not by power.

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The Seed
Respect, you only get out what you have put in. What about Life Skills, Communication and Conflict Resolution. Evolution, perhaps some children and adults miss the whole or part of the course. I did, and so how surprised do you think I was when I realised my parents missed the course as well. Things like Compromise, Win Win, Empathy, and Love. Invisible energy and other skills like public speaking, how to Relate, Assuming, Blaming, Forgiveness, Freedom and Discrimination. This is how I learned respect. If you don't know what it is then how do you relate?

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