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5 responses to “GovThuggery round-up”

  1. tigtog

    The NT intervention just gets worse and worse. People are becoming numb about it, which is exactly what the govt wants, so that they don’t notice anymore and then then don’t have to actively decide to look away.

  2. Andy McAndy

    And check out David Scrimgeour’s piece in Crikey today, which susggests that the Government is basing the intervention on some ideas of Helen Hughes

    * Small communities should be consolidated into “core concentration centres”
    * A health audit of all children should be conducted;
    * Local government should replace local councils, if necessary under a government-appointed administrator;
    * Communal title should be converted to leasehold;
    * Public housing should be privatised, with new houses and funding for maintenance to go only to those communities with 99-year leases;
    * The permit system should be abolished;
    * CDEP should be ended;
    * Customary law should be ended.

    “core concentration centres” has an awful ring of Arbeit macht frei, except that by closing CDEP they’re reducing the possibility of work.

  3. Jangari

    At the annual conference of the Australian Linguistics Society this week in Tandanya, South Australia, Jane gave a presentation in which she outlined her prognosis of the likely effects of the intervention strategy.One of the more severe long term effects was the loss of employment opportunities in smaller regional and remote communities as a direct result of the scrapping of CDEp, and coupled with the madness of making aboriginal people shop at Woolies, Coles or K-Mart, will obviously encourage people to move out of communities and into towns. This is also consistent with the crackdown on grog in communities but the availability in towns. Then of course, there are no bilingual programs running in schools in towns (there are only 9 or 10 bilingual education programs running in all 119 non-urban (outside Darwin or Alice Springs) schools), which means further presure will be placed on indigenous languages. And this, as we have all observed just about everywhere in the world, causes devastating and deleterious social effects, thus feeding back into the entire poverty cycle.

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