Bob Beadman: You say CDP was never an employment agency …

Comment on CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering by Peter.

Bob Beadman: You say CDP was never an employment agency but that’s not accurate.
Many local employers look to CDP staff and ask who their best workers are?
Who comes on time?
Who sustains working?
The best CDP workers are the first employed.
There are few jobs and so few are employed but CDP is an employment agency.
There could be a lot more use of CDP as an employment agency if employers, especially NT Government, based in town tapped into CDP.
How many times are government or Intervention visits wasted because they lack local knowledge?
Just one example, dentists arrive from interstate to find no-one at home or people don’t know they are in the nearby town?
Similar things happen every day and yet the thought to employ local liaison staff never seems to be considered.
Time to think about how CDP can work better as employment agencies. Don’t deny the reality and therefore the possibility of expansion.

Peter Also Commented

CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering
Jon my anecdotal “typical day” is evidence based in four larger communities in central Australia over a period of 10 weeks.
You say that no pay penalties imposed according to departmental sources suggests that either CDP is poorly administered or deeply unpopular or both.
CDP is challenging to administer but not poorly administered, I take my hat off to the enthusiastic staff doing a tough job while maintaining positive relationships.
CDP is not deeply unpopular with community residents, it’s unpopularity lies with their self appointed representatives.
Contrary to the common perception remote Aboriginal people are not habitually sitting around with nothing to do.
They are quite busy with social / cultural interaction / obligations in a range of communities.
CDP is simply inconvenient in the context of their lives.

CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering
“Forced labour and exploitation and a form of involuntary servitude?”
On a typical day the women turn up at 9 am or so.
They cook their breakfast (CDP activity) with free food.
They eat their meal and start painting (CDP activity) with materials provided for free.
These art works may be sold with the artists getting the money.
Lunch time and the women cook their lunch and look at some magazines (CDP activity).
Some do cross word puzzles (CDP activity).
The women seem to enjoy the get together and they chat about community events.
Gradually they wander off to the store and home.
The men arrive at random intervals during the morning.
The CDP staff remind them they are late.
They all sit around chatting for a while.
They make themselves free cups of tea.
There may be a free training session on, they half heartedly attend (CDP activity).
Some may head off to fix something in the community (CDP activity).
They come back for their free lunch.
Various complaints are made by the men.
They are working for nothing etc.
They head off home – another day of CDP over.

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IAD Press is nothing short of a national treasure.
It has published many uncommercial but highly valuable language resources over the decades.
Meanwhile, the teaching arm of IAD is probably defunct and cannot be resurrected.
It has lost its key trainers, its reputation and is besieged by competition.
A wild idea 1:
IAD Press be privatised by Aboriginal organisations and largely funded by Centrecorp.
Wonderful kudos for them nationally for doing this.
All local organisations use it to print their reports and many other publications.
Wild idea 2:
The IAD property be sold and the funds used to maintain the press.

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Of course, the CDU has to be downsized and it must happen in a sensible manner.
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Higher education for remote students is laudable but has failed at huge expense over many years.
How many Aboriginal teachers and nurses are there who are actually employed?
Almost none.
There are many courses that lead to almost zero employment outcomes.
Art courses in the Correctional Centre is one of them and this must be discontinued.
Music was abolished some time ago but somehow art survived.
The NT can no longer pay for recreational courses.
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The rest do have to go and the sooner the better. We are broke.

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Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.

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