There should never have been meddling with the Community Development …

Comment on Sit-down money: Pointless jobs for the dole by D Curtis.

There should never have been meddling with the Community Development Employment Program, the proper CDEP.
At least it worked, maybe not perfectly all the time, but it provided opportunities for enterprise development and jobs creation that were Aboriginal controlled and managed through their own organisation, not some foreign (to the community) and unknown entity enforcing punitive measures that are not working with no real results.
All control has been taken out of Aboriginal hands. Is it any better now? NO – in fact its worse. There are big gains and benefits for others out of all this except for Aboriginal people themselves.
Aboriginal people have become like a commodity. Some years back, I said to a minister if CDEP was removed, there would be a huge drift to town, as people would become aimless.
My view was scoffed at by the minister at the time. She said I was looking at things through rose coloured glasses.
As for rip offs and rorts by Aboriginal organisations, we hear about allegations of rip offs and rorts allegedly perpetrated on superannuation schemes and the like, almost every other day.
Not to say, there should be a blind eye regarding alleged rorts or rip offs by Aboriginal organisation either.

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Certain elements of ATSIC were corrupt, not the complete whole of ATSIC.
In comparison then, our white governments must be models of excellence, not even a sniff of wrong doing or corrupt behaviour. My goodness!
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