Federal Minister Jenny Macklin’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. While berating the Northern Territory for its handling of alcohol policy, Minister Macklin has previously approved the purchase of three liquor licences in Alice Springs, writes David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy.
The Australian Government will introduce income management in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the Top End of South Australia to help families ensure their welfare payments are spent in the best interests of children, according to a media release from Jenny Macklin, Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
A similar system operates in the Northern Territory under the Federal Intervention.
"Income management ensures that money is available for life essentials, and provides a tool to stabilise people’s circumstances and ease immediate financial stress," says the release.
"Consultations in May this year with APY Lands communities clearly showed strong support for income management on the Lands."
Picture: Minister Macklin in Alice Springs in 2008.
They have no control over their lives anymore ... paternalistic and punitive measures ... broken lives and spirits ... endure life [in a camp] ... toxic nature of intervention measures.
No, this is not the desperate plea of an oppressed people in a brutal Third World dictatorship.
It's Tangentyere CEO Walter Shaw speaking on behalf of people benefiting from an unprecedented $150m Federal program – in addition to the massive ongoing welfare expenditure – to provide better housing and other services to his clients.
Meanwhile, are there members of the Shaw family living at Mt Nancy (pictured in this Google Earth photo) who are superannuated, employed, capable of taking on employment or in a situation in which Centrelink would expect them to be available for employment? And if so, why are they living in public housing? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.