@Olga (or Kieran) I’m not surprised to hear that between 50% …

Comment on NT needs someone to ‘call things honestly’ says Havnen … by Hal Duell.

@Olga (or Kieran)
I’m not surprised to hear that between 50% and 60% of NT indigenous men of working age (15 to 60?) are not in the work force. But does that mean they are in receipt of no income at all, neither dole nor royalties nor sale of art – nothing?
From the article: Her report makes clear that we do not know how many people, who describe themselves as ‘not in the labour force’, may also not have an income and she recommends that we find out.
And then: To her sympathetic audience on Friday she said NILF “means you’re not registered with Centrelink, you’re not at school, not at work, you’re not engaged in any sort of mainstream activity basically.”
These two statements seem to say that we don’t know if they have an income, and then that we do know, and they don’t.
Like the man under the bridge said in Samson and Delilah, noodles don’t come cheap. If these men are getting nil income, what are they living on?

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