I was chatting with a colleague the other day about the ’emergency’ .  Besides lamenting the craziness of the welfare ‘reforms’ (he is a long term child protection worker who understands the massive task Centrelink has been set), he raised the issue of the general conundrum posed by these measures: do you try to work with an obviously flawed and ill-conceived plan, or keep well away to avoid being tarred by association and lumbered with the Sisyphean task of trying to make it work? 

I tend towards the former, both in moments of bright optimism and despair.  Afterall, we have a responsibility to work with people to improve their lives.  Sitting back and watching the chaos doesn’t seem like a good option. But that is tempered by the Governments extreme reluctance to engage and consult meaningfully with the people who will be affected and its rejection of critical opinions.   


2 Responses to “Musings”

  1. Capital Ideas Says:

    Conundrum yes & onya for tackling it. Aren’t you kind of defeating your own argument though when you contend “we have a responsibility to work withpeople to improve their lives” as a reason for following the Gov’s plan & then acknowledge that the Gov is not working with indigenous people at all?

  2. nawagadj Says:

    Services already exist, which the Commonwealth intiatives will run in paralell with (eg child health checks), so the question is; how much do you work with them? Do let them commit basic errors or point them in the right direction? share data? etc

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