Archive for June, 2007

How the Hell Did We Get Here? 1

June 30, 2007

A long time ago a ship set sail from……OK, I won’t go quite that far back. But it is a pertinent question. How the hell did we reach this point of a knee-jerk response to well-known, extensively detailed, chronic problems in remote Aboriginal communities?

As well as looking at Australia’s recent history in it’s relations with its Indigenous citizens, we’ll see if the Taskforce can take the great leap from ill-conceived, incoherent political opportunism to a rational long-term plan incorporating approaches that most experienced observers agree on.

The hope that I desperately cling to, is that the Federal Government has committed itself so strongly and publicly, that this will create a momentum that precludes a return to business-as-usual, when the dust settles.