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Trouble in Central Australia

August 15th, 2016

Episode 396 of 559 episodes

In 2015, the homicide rate in Alice Springs was almost 13 times the national average. Alcohol fuelled violence is a major problem, with per capita alcohol consumption in the town easily exceeding the rest of the country. Then there is the sometimes fraught matter of race relations. The causes of violent crime and alcohol abuse among Central Australia's indigenous population are complex and there are no easy solutions, says Alice Springs journalist and court reporter, Kieran Finnane. She gives an unflinching assessment of the challenges confronting her hometown, as viewed through the prism of the many criminal cases she has reported on.

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