It is a disappointment to read another senior public servant …

Comment on Advancement in the bush: no more ‘one size fits all’, says Minister by Hal Duell.

It is a disappointment to read another senior public servant bagging the misnamed income management.
When given its proper name of welfare management, the criticism is shown to be misplaced.
Income is earned money, and to impose management on that would be punitive. No argument.
Welfare is a government subsidy, and to impose management on that is a responsible use of public funds.
Those in receipt of government subsidies would do well to consider how lucky (again) we are in Australia that such subsidies are possible at all. We are not down to soup kitchens and food stamps yet, and let’s hope we don’t get there.
Many nations around the world offer very little in the way of a safety net. Some offer nothing at all.
Take the BasicsCard and the cash subsidy, eat well and see that your children get to school. That way when they come of age, they will be able to find employment, earn a wage and not have to live on a managed government subsidy.
On a different note, but one also mentioned in the article, it simply astonishes me that there are still communities where no one is able to dismantle, clean and reassemble an S-bend. What have they been doing out there all these years? Instead of bemoaning the plight of the community dweller, how about showing a little respect for the hard-working and much called upon Australian tax-payer, and learn to help yourself?

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended
“It’s not me! I didn’t do it!” And yet I doubt if there is a household in Alice that doesn’t have at least one product the manufacture of which has contributed to the waste slated for storage.
It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.


Gallery: Friday is the day
Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?


Bush community learning centre to close
“Batchelor Institute say that increased funding would be needed to run the Centre in 2018, they run similar programs in three Warlpiri communities where they are funded through royalties money.”
Sounds like a plan.


Cops with assault rifles footage six years old
I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents?
So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


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