There is another story here that needs investigation. Utopia art is …

Comment on Amnesty rhetoric fails to show the way forward for homelands by Bob.

There is another story here that needs investigation.
Utopia art is famous and has sold for large sums interstate, mostly Sydney. Most people at Utopia are living on welfare, but known artists have significant income, which would be distributed to extended family.
Why then are the Utopia people living in such poverty?
Several possibilities come to mind:
Is it that dealers are pocketing most of the proceeds and little is getting to the artists? (Seems unlikely, why would the artists have persisted for 20 years with such an arrangement?)
Is it that income is being squandered and not available for maintenance of these houses on privately owned land?
Is it that maintenance of houses and household appliances is simply not seen as a priority by the residents.

I note that one of the failings Amnesty listed is that washing machines do not work. Why are these not a private responsibilty, especially if there is significant income from art? For that matter where in the world are washing machines a government responsibility?

If Utopia is unable to be self supporting there seems to be little hope for other outstations with less sought after art.

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