Monday, 11 October 2010

Punishing the victims.


It seems a rather perverse system to me when federal funds are taken away from a state or territory government that does not meet some welfare spending target. The only sufferers from this practice, endorsed apparently by indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin, are the suffering people who end up with even less than expected through no fault of their own.
The latest plan is to strip funds from states and territories if they do not meet targets for Aboriginal children attending and completing school and failed to meet health targets. There has to be a better and more sensible way to get things done than this doctrinaire belief in the power of competition.
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