There are a couple of points in this that need …

Comment on Income management misses mark: Report by Bev.

There are a couple of points in this that need clarifying. It is unfair to assume that those who are on it don’t know how to manage their money.
Some who are on it are on it because of circumstances beyond their control e.g. death, unemployment, sickness. The welfare payments are below the poverty line and if one is ill and not able to work other options are there.
It is a well known fact and has been for many years that those that are alcoholics cannot be forced to go off the alcohol but rather have to have the desire to do it for themselves.
Also limiting alcohol to alcoholics often turns them to other substance abuse or if they cant buy alcohol then they end up stealing to get the money to do so.
The limitations of the basics card are often disastrous for people who have already excellent knowledge of money management and savings principles.
They lock a person into set management and companies but if the person sees something better they cannot access it because basics card is not accepted at a lot of places.
The assumption that fresh food is best is not true in Central Australia as often food is transported long distances and not at its best buy the time it gets to the shops. Also, often chemicals are used to grow fresh food and then absorbed into the body when eaten. Over the long term it is as bad on health as preservatives.
On the whole income management for a lot of people is disastrous especially when the blanket approach is used.
It does not take into account the varying levels of knowledge of the people concerned and the varying reasons why the people concerned are unemployed or having problems coping.
Income management is also so hard to get off. You can be doing really well for years yet Centrelink wont let you off it. In some cases when people are put on it because their children are not at school it is not the parents’ fault – this applies in particular to older children who can manipulate the system to get their parents under their thumb and the parents don’t have any right of reply.
In other words it can let the children punish the parents if they cant get their own way.

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Kumunjayi Granites said: “I speak your language but you don’t speak mine.”
There are hundreds of Aboriginal languages. It is impossible to learn them all no matter how well intentioned.
As for the Aboriginal cultures there are hundreds of them too. Aboriginals have been hurting me for decades, and my birth family and in-laws have supported them.
I am white. Does that mean my culture means nothing and I have to give all to the Aboriginals? They complain about everything, yet what have they done to help their own families?
There are still rock throwing incidents and other things against the whites.
We are all Australian if born in this country or naturalised and for decades everything has been done to help them.
But when you do, the ones complaining are the ones that go against you and take from you what you earned.
Now for stealing, what is the Aboriginal punishment? For rape, what is the Aboriginal punishment? I know for sure the Aboriginals are far harder on their own people for doing this sort of thing than the whites are.

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