Labor announced $90 million, to come from the ABA for …

Comment on Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’ by Observer.

Labor announced $90 million, to come from the ABA for government employee housing. Aboriginal money used to pay for services to Aboriginal people. Yes, that is an appropriate use of ABA funds.

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Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’
OK Paul, I can buy that argument but in that case shouldn’t Aboriginal people be paying for their own houses rather than the Government?
And if they are not then why shouldn’t they pay (a lot less) to assist funding services for themselves?


Recent Comments by Observer

Do film’s omissions mislead viewers on school’s record?
“In the film Dujuan is shown at his lowest point after receiving his end-of-semester report. Curled up on a bed, a tear runs down his cheek – it’s the only time we see him cry – and we hear him wonder, in a small voice, if there is something wrong with him.”
If only this was true? The reality is far worse.
Most Aboriginal students and especially those from remote communities are almost completely disengaged from the schooling system.
They couldn’t care less what their reports say.
They may apply themselves for particular teachers they have a positive relationship with but apart from that they have given up on school.
The lack of engagement is by far the biggest problem.
In the endless roll out of programs that work in mainstream settings it is all too easily forgotten that a program that lifts outcomes fails if the student finds it so boring that he hardly ever attends.
School retention underpins student success.


Locked in senior: Daughter speaks out
I assume the 2019 image is meant to convey the message that Alan has lost the capacity to conduct his own affairs, make decisions for himself or possess his own money and assets.
In my opinion the photo does none of this and I find other evidence to the contrary far more compelling.
Elderly who have lost capacity do not usually oppose the sale of their property nor give lucid accounts of their circumstances.
Loss of capacity is usually caused by advanced dementia to which the elderly person has surrendered.
In my opinion Lisa Wilson needs a psychiatric examination to check the validity of her claims about her father.


Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids
@ Local 1: A management system almost the same as IOMS had already been developed and was operational in Queensland.
It could have been reprogrammed for peanuts.
But no! A new IOMS had to be built to match exact NT needs.
Our IOMS never matched those needs and the cost was extraordinary.
And yes our IOMS could be adapted now but it won’t be.
Nothing will distract from the political mileage gained through this new system.
And it will do everything.
Youth crime will plummet once we have it operational.
The massive cost will be justified by political spin for the next election.


Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids
These management systems are outsourced to Indian IT companies.


Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids
Information management systems with magical capabilities have an unfortunate history in the NT.
The need for them emerges when governments have run out of solutions to major problems.
This one is claimed to “get young people out of the cycle of crime”.
Similarly IMOS was designed to break the cycle of recidivism and reduce the numbers of prisoners in our jails.
IMOS took twice as long to make and cost more than twice its original budget.
It was a near useless system, mismatched to on the ground realities and the needs of Corrections staff.
For political reasons it was never used to research which programs actually worked in reducing recidivism.
This case management system will also blow out in cost and will not break the cycle of crime.
But with no answers it is timely, even if useless and yet more expenditure we can’t afford.


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