Commonwealth spending AKA, taxpayer money! Statistics can sound very impressive … …

Comment on More of Feds’ trillion dollar spend for Indigenous providers by Surprised!.

Commonwealth spending AKA, taxpayer money!
Statistics can sound very impressive … perhaps not is this case.
So I did some maths based on the figures in the article.
2015/16 each NGO received an average of $576,000 and each contract was averaged at $188,000 compared to 2012/13 where each NGO received and average of $12,500 and each contract was averaged at $4,100.
In real terms, these are almost petty cash numbers!
So a MASSIVE 46 times increase!! Wow, statistics.
Whilst I do take exception to the total amount of money being furnished by the taxpayers without visibility, I have more of an issues with the bullshit numbers the Government supplies and expects us to believe them.
Clearly funding of NGOs is extremely important to them, but how the hell can they survive when most budgets and funding agreements are on an annual basis?
Based of their productivity, give them five years worth of funding to allow them to plan, implement and reap the rewards of their hard work and dedication.

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More of Feds’ trillion dollar spend for Indigenous providers
Further to my previous comment.
What happens when governments provide funding to NGOs and force them to create jobs for Aboriginal Peoples?
I’ll tell you what happens, they set the people up to fail!
The Federal government set targets for Aboriginal employment when handing out funding contracts to NGOs. This makes some kind of sense, BUT, then they insist that the Aboriginal people in these roles undertake education, usually at CERT IV level.
Often, some find CERT IV Education too much for them, trying to complete courses whilst undertaking full time work.
CERT IV education very often involves writing essays.
These essays are often set at 1,500 words, must include current research and must be referenced correctly.
How many Australians, black, white or otherwise can write an academic assignment?
Then, due the financial pressures applied to the educational body, they will often sign off where perhaps they shouldn’t have, but “hey its the end of the course and we ran out of time” … and this leads to other issues, example being the student leaves feeling they have passed (I have personal experience of this) but is stunned when they are required to do the tasks for real, leaving feelings of personal failure.
The purpose of the Certificate IV qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in varied contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.
Certificate IV qualifications are located at level 4 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Certificate IV qualifications must be designed and accredited to enable graduates to demonstrate the learning outcomes expressed as knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills specified in the level 4 criteria and the Certificate IV descriptor.
Have some common sense you POLLIES!
Create Aboriginal employment where Aboriginals can utilise their vast cultural knowledge to support to the people they deliver a services to.
Yes, assist them with the academic side too where its required, BUT STOP setting people up to fail!!
Across Governments this is just another one of those situations where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and it’s costing the taxpayers a fortune and demoralising people along the way.
So why do I detest most pollies?
Because when it comes to this kind of thing, all too often you have POLLIES making decisions on people’s well being, people’s futures, their education, financial decisions of great amounts made by people that in most cases wouldn’t know the difference between shit and clay.


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We as a society have made some horrible mistakes and inflicted lots of suffering to our fellow man and to our world.
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