Over the road from where a 12-year-old Indigenous boy was found dying in the Coles car park in Alice Springs last weekend, there used to be a night time drop-in centre run by the local Indigenous health service. Trained youth workers would have been there engaging with the local young people. If it had been open, the boy who died might have been saved. He might not even have been abusing inhalants if there was some other option that night, like playing pool or cruising the internet in a bright place surrounded by friends.Gosh, where were his parents?
Oh, wait. This is CiF.
But the drop-in centre was closed last year by the Northern Territory government.Yup! It's all the fault of the State.