The Community Development Program is a product of inadequate consultation, has bureaucratic processes many don't even understand, is punitive without benefits and ignores private enterprise as an alternative: That's what academics and politicians, including Chansey Paech (pictured), are telling the Senate’s Finance and Public Administration Committee. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
National Audit Office slams the running of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy for which the buck stops with NR Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured), the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.
People in remote communities would rather leave their tribal homelands than working for the dole there, for longer than they would need to in an urban centre. So says Central Desert Regional Council president, Adrian Dixon (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the moment by people who are well employed and salaried, speaking out on behalf of those who are not. Self-help is not a favored option, it seems, despite Aboriginal shareholding in major businesses. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.
It's an outrage: dole bludgers lying on the couch all day, smoking dope, pooling their money fleeced from the taxpayer to rent a share house, while we're out there, working our guts out, keeping the economy afloat, by the sweat of our brow. Onya, Tony, for getting right up them. Learn or earn, you bastards. Mmh. But is there a flipside? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Centrelink office in Alice Springs.
The Federal Department of Employment has today provided a response to questions the Alice Springs News Online asked a week ago about the work for the dole scheme at the Alice Springs Golf Club. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Abbott Government's work for the dole scheme, due to be rolled out nationally, will make a hilarious script for a sitcom if the trial at the Alice Springs Golf Club is any indication. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The new rule prohibiting shire employees from standing for election to the shire council will have a big impact in MacDonnell Shire, with at least five of the 12 councillors opting to stay in their jobs and not run again in the March poll.
In the Rodinga Ward – covering the communities of Amoonguna, Santa Teresa, Titjikala and Finke – this is the case for all four councillors.
The rule seems like a 'no brainer' if you think about conflict of interest issues, but as ever, conditions in remote communities put a different slant on things.
Councillor Joe Rawson lives at Titjikala. He works as an essential services officer (ESO), and will not run again. The rule will "put a big hole in the Rodinga Ward", he said. Does he think other candidates will come forward in the ward?
"It comes down to employment – 99% of employment comes through MacDonnell Shire. To try to get others to nominate who are not on the MacDonnell Shire payroll is very hard ... if they don't have motor vehicles, the shire won't supply motor vehicles. You have to maintain your own vehicle to get to and from the meetings.
"We get an allowance – sitting fees, travel allowance every time we travel , but ... if you do a diff, you might get $700 to come to a meeting but it'll end up costing $1400 to fix the diff." KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured, from top: Councillors Joe Rawson and Roxanne Kenny – he will not stand again but she will.