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Comment on Aboriginal job training scheme in the bush: Governments, bureaucrats, contractors, public money – who gains what? A case study. by Norman Atkinson.

Russell, for an employer to set up a business, he requires a return on his investment. To get this, he needs to be competitive. Setting up in a community carries the additional costs of transporting parts and materials in and freighting finished goods out. These costs, poor roads, and lack of all weather access make most businesses in communities uncompetitive. Yes I am aware that “one off” ventures such as art centers can and have been successful. Regretfully these are the exception, not the rule.

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Aboriginal job training scheme in the bush: Governments, bureaucrats, contractors, public money – who gains what? A case study.
Robinoz is correct. There is really no connection between training and actual employment. When people are signed up to a training program, they are then counted as “employed”, which enables government to show a reduction in unemployment levels. In a community of, say 1,000 people, there exists as little as 20 real jobs, most being done by outsiders. Community training, except for creating some temporary extra income, usually serves no useful purpose. Community people have no interest in moving away to where jobs are, and employers have no incentive to create jobs in communities.


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Wrangle over your car’s data not quite resolved
Electronic devices control just about every aspect of a modern car engine. A qualified mechanic without access to the relevant diagnostic equipment will be hard pressed to make the necessary repairs.
I once worked on a vehicle after it had been taken to two different garages, not dealerships.
Our diagnostic computer found the fault within a few minutes, but what was interesting was the captured repair history – both garages had replaced parts that were functioning perfectly.
Equally, as very few cars remain from the 70s or early 80s, (which the average bush mechanic can keep going) people driving more modern vehicles in remote areas are severely disadvantaged by not having access to the essential diagnostic computers.
Towing a vehicle several hundred kilometers to a dealership is a “head in the sand” solution.
Instead of simply displaying an error code on the dash as in some vehicles, an image of the malfunctioning part and its location should be displayed. This would give the driver the option of ordering the necessary part and returning the vehicle to the road.


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The best results when you are evaluating tenders occurs when you have a rough idea of what a reasonable cost would be, arrange the bids from dearest to cheapest, discard those that would be unreasonable expensive, discard those that would be too cheap (a recipe for disaster), then average the remaining bids and select the one closest to the middle. All things considered, experienced businesses will submit bids that will fall in to this middle category.


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Erwin’s article is a clear, factual documentation of the current situation here in the Alice Springs region. It should be noted that millions of tax free dollars in mining royalties are also received by the Aboriginal communities. All Aboriginals are eligible for the dole, and are not required to meet the standard applied to the wider community. Yes, Beau Ives comments also has some merit, as many individuals and businesses solely exist to service this “Aboriginal Industry”. While the Government has to rely on the Aboriginal vote to retain power and the “poor fella me fella” mentality can be stamped out so Aboriginals take responsibility for their own actions, this situation will continue.


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