Since the introduction of welfare (income) management, the specter of …

Comment on Can the town afford the welfare burden? by Hal Duell.

Since the introduction of welfare (income) management, the specter of hunger through misuse of the dole has faded. Now everyone is guaranteed the wherewithal to at least buy basic food stuffs. To take this away from those Australians that have missed out on the chance to earn an income of their own would be cruel.
Therefore, we may as well accept that some people will be getting the dole for life, or at least getting that part of it that gets credited to the BasicsCard.
Some of the other dole monies are already contingent on school attendance. There are differing opinions on whether this will work or not, but let’s give it a chance and hope it does. As Kay Eade points out, “businesses have more success with young people who attend or have attended school”.
I think the other big structural change that needs to be made in welfare is to allow restitution orders for property damage caused by adults and their children to be made against that part of the dole not already committed to the BasicsCard. As I understand it, restitution orders are not allowed under the current welfare system.
Being on the dole is not a good life choice, but it would be foolish to think it’s not being made. In a recent television program focusing on education in bush communities, a young teenage girl was especially pleased with herself because she could now write her name and date of birth.
My initial reaction was to admire her desire to register to vote.
When I expressed that, I was laughed at. She was pleased because she could now register for the dole.
This is the coal face where the work needs to be done.

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National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’
And another thing: Isn’t Anzac Oval heritage listed? Is the high school also listed? Alex Nelson, we need your input here.

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While Chief Minister Gunner’s announcement that Anzac Oval and the old Anzac High School will be the site for the new art gallery, perhaps this is not yet quite in the bag.
According to a recent statement attributed to Mr Gunner, formal negotiation can now begin with various stakeholders, including the Alice Springs Town Council who own Anzac Oval!
Start lobbying now. If ASTC has not yet sold it, and I’m thinking they cannot sell a public asset without first agreeing to the sale in a public meeting, then there is still hope that this ridiculous decision can be overturned.

Pack of girls attacked me, says Chinese on working holiday
Posted March 23, 2018 at 7:17 am
Posted March 22, 2018 at 11:30 pm
I think that Maccas has a clear duty of care when it involves turning a young employee out onto what are acknowledged unsafe streets at 2am.
And this after discovering her bike had been stolen, presumably from Maccas earlier in the evening while she was working.
In saying this I am in no way trying to excuse or mitigate the actions of those who attacked her, but my advice would be to seek legal advice on Maccas responsibility toward its employees.

National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’
I hope the NT government pays particular attention to the tips from David Walsh, the creator of MONA. After the Salamanca market, MONA is the most visited tourist destination in Tasmania.
Some people fly in from Melbourne, visit the museum and catch a return flight in the evening. Buses are available to and from the airport for this.
For a more leisurely visit, a high speed ferry to and from the Hobart waterfront adds enhanced value.
For my own part, I recently flew to Hobart for a three day visit, two of them spent in MONA. It was worth every minute and every cent spent.
And pay special attention to his advice to put the art first. This project must not be watered down to include other aims like revitalising the CBD. It will only become all it can be by being a stand-alone effort.
Obviously this project will cost, and cost lots. But if we try to do it on the cheap, cheap will be what we get.

Pack of girls attacked me, says Chinese on working holiday
And again, and again, and again.
“Naughty” children – my ass.
Slowly the veneer of civilisation slips away. We live in a third world town.

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