If Yirara operated the way it was intended it could …

Comment on Cull troublemakers, says Yirara College teacher by Heckler.

If Yirara operated the way it was intended it could make a huge positive difference to the prospects of many of its pupils. But based on the story so far, I would guess even the most talented of kids would be struggling to learn.
The appearance, from a distance, is that taking the unprepared and the rejects from community schools to maximise funds is a disaster for all concerned.
Perhaps it’s time for the funding agencies to take a hands-on role in managing the college for a period during which time they, along with the Board, could define a new course. Continuing as is should not be an option – for the school and for the providers of funds.
@ Bandaid. If the funds currently expended for minimal if any benefit could be better used (for example, to get excellent results for 25% or more of students) would that make you care about the money?
The money is important. Yirara chasing it is evidence of that.

Recent Comments by Heckler

Council clamours for more cash behind wall of silence
Can the CAAC CEO cite the relevant studies / evidence that support her claim that “well run childcare centres make a significant contribution to healthy development”?
Evidence from mainstream services isn’t necessarily generalisable to indigenous services.
CAAC seems to insist that evidence be provided for initiatives it opposes (eg. the TBL vs ID scanning debate a few years ago) but evidence is not necessary when it supports the CDRC position (give me more).


Dole plan for ice users fraught, says Alice NGO
For the most part, government funds and relies on NGOs to deliver community services. They also hope to obtain sensible program and policy-related advice in the NGO’s area of expertise.
Putting aside the inevitable plea for more funding in the DASA CEO’s letter, what sensible input has she offered?
(1) People on welfare can’t afford ice so Scott Morrison’s policy thought bubble is pointless. You can’t withhold welfare payments from people who aren’t on welfare;
(2) Tests for recent ice usage are unreliable so what’s the point of testing.
(3) Attempts to penalize the ice user have the unintended consequence of penalizing children and other dependents.
(4) There’s no evidence mandatory treatment works, but users who voluntarily enter treatment seem to have better outcomes.
If NT government funds paid to DASA include a component for policy advice, maybe it’s time to seek repayment of that amount.


Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week
@ Bill. I note you’ve picked your words very carefully saying CDEP created “an employment path for many …” Apart from all the painted rocks around communities, how about listing the notable CDEP successes (jobs, not employment paths) to back up your claim.
@ Bob. Are you suggesting that Scullion’s “mischief” is a back-door attempt to encourage people to move to larger centres, reduce remote community populations and in time, allow government to scale back funding for remote communities?
CDEP was a dud, RJCP was an even bigger dud. I doubt CDP will break the mold.
But like the other programs: some whitefellas will get rich; all the blackfellas will know that some whitefellas and one or two blackfellas will get rich; the other blackfellas know they will still be able to resist the rules of a slightly different game; the whitefellas will tick all the boxes that need to be ticked, nothing will change on communities and in two to three years’ time the program will be dumped in favour of another better idea because the preceding program didn’t work.
Keeps the local economy ticking over, but will not achieve much more than that.


In the bush, the Age of Entitlement meets the Asset Test
“Congress says it’s still coming to grips with its role in the investment company.”
But Congress and its current Chairman (former CEO of Tangentyere Council) have had trustee obligations for many years.
Recent changes to voting rights aside, is Congress admitting it has failed to properly exercise its obligations as a trustee? Does the quote also imply that Tangentyere Council has failed to understand its Centrecorp role?
The Sgt Schultz excuse works in Hogan’s Heroes, but should not be accepted in this circumstance.


Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
Nothing wrong with a bit of self interest, just so long as they aren’t the sole beneficiaries.
A suggestion for the group’s agenda: Alice Springs Town Council to examine the possibility of year-on-year rates increase of (say) 20% on vacant retail outlets in the town centre. Increase to commence if property has been vacant for 12 months and standard rates apply when property leased. Something needs to be done about Todd Mall before it turns into a ghetto.
By the way, what organisations own those vacant outlets? They must have very deep pockets to be foregoing rental income.


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