Last Friday morning I witnessed the most powerful and affecting public event I’ve yet seen in my short stay in Alice Springs.

The Stop the Violence march and rally had all the ingredients of a good news story; hundreds of men and boys chanting "Stop the violence!" as they marched shoulder-to-shoulder down the main street of town, impassioned speeches by community leaders and an inspiring and all-too-rare display of common goodwill and purpose to mend the heart of a broken town.