Gillard has grasped Cape York leader Noel Pearson’s point that the dysfunction of Aboriginal society has been caused by the breakdown of personal responsibility brought on by passive welfare and substance abuse. Pearson’s tough love approach of income quarantining and alcohol and pornography bans, which was adopted in the Northern Territory intervention, has improved social order.
Is it really fair to blame Indigenous Australians for not doing as well as non-indigenous Australians when they have nowhere near the same job opportunities?
“First, in August 2008, the prime minister quickly jumped to endorse the goal of the Australian Employment Covenant (the Forrest Plan) to generate 50,000 new private sector jobs in two years, or 25,000 annually, and to underwrite it with training support. This was despite statistically-based warnings that such targets were fanciful, a claim that is sadly vindicated today with only an additional 400 jobs in total (public and private) evident in 2009 compared to 2008.
Some of the worst outcomes are evident in resource-rich Queensland and Western Australia where the indigenous unemployment rate exploded to 20.8% and 20.7% respectively in 2009, from a more modest 12.7% and 11.1% respectively in 2008. In the space of a year, Western Australia went from having one of the best indigenous unemployment rates to one of the worst. The current dispute between the government and mining companies over the Resource Super Profits Tax demonstrates the potential risk for indigenous people associated with state abrogation of responsibility for meeting its employment targets to the corporate sector.
Second, in December 2008, at the worst possible time, the Rudd government committed to continue the Howard government attack on the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), a workfare program that provided flexible employment opportunity. This program had been indiscriminately abolished in urban Australia in 2007; then the new government expanded the abolition program to regional Australia from July 1, 2009 to remote mainland Australia from July 1, 2011 and to the Torres Strait from July 1, 2012. The predicted dire consequences of the abolition of CDEP without provision of a matching number of proper jobs has again, sadly, been proven correct: indigenous unemployment rates of 19.4% in major cities and 20.5% in regional areas bear testament to this poorly considered ‘reform’.”
“ANDREW ”Twiggy” Forrest, one of Australia’s richest men and a champion of the fight against indigenous disadvantage, is being accused of ripping off traditional owners in a West Australian iron ore royalties deal. The mining magnate wants to develop Solomon Hub, 200 kilometres south of Roebourne on the north-west coast of WA, which lies on Yindjibarndi land. His Fortescue Metals Group estimates over the next 40 years it could extract 2.4 billion tonnes of ore worth $280 billion, based on current prices. Yindjibarndi landowners and the company have been locked in negotiations for four years. Fortescue has offered the landowners a $500,000 signing fee and a capped amount of $4 million a year in cash, plus up to $6.5 million a year in staff housing, jobs, training and business opportunities.”Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/twiggy-digs-heels-in-over-wa-royalty-deal-20110718-1hlpx.html#ixzz1l0xc0y7M
“Mr Abbott’s comments about the Tent Embassy were made during an event at the Sydney Opera House this morning in response to a question from the media about whether the Tent Embassy was still relevant.
“Look, I can understand why the Tent Embassy was established all those years ago. I think a lot has changed for the better since then,” he said, in comments which appeared on Sky. ”We had the historic apology just a few years ago, one of the genuine achievements of Kevin Rudd as prime minister. We had the proposal which is currently for national consideration to recognise indigenous people in the constitution. ”I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian and yes, I think a lot has changed since then and I think it probably is time to move on from that.”“
|—||I don’t get why Miranda thinks there is a connection between discussing and accepting the stolen generation and abuse in Aboriginal communities being ignored. As she has documented herself, white children slip through the cracks of child welfare all the time. It is clear that most Aboriginals are opposed to child abuse, and if we just gave them the support to be able to administer protection services they would be able to do it themselves. But no, we don’t trust them to look after themselves now, just like we didn’t trust them back then. Thus we are getting the same results, disaffected people with no sense of pride and we wonder why that start abusing substances and each other. The major reason the stolen generation were taken was so that the aboriginal race could be breed out of existence. It’s not “black armband” history, it’s the truth.|
I don’t think this issues is separated by left/right lines, more like free speech vs media regulation. Many so called “lefties” have been worrying over the implications the ruling has on free speech, Guy Rundle and Dr Tad to name a few. But for Miranda, any excuse to take a pot shot at her ideological opponents will do.