Child sex abuse is only one aspect of child protection. General child neglect and associated social dysfunction was the underlying problem which could have, and should have been focussed on by Mr Howard and Mr Brough. By using paedophilia as the emotive hook for their PR campaign, they indiscriminately and irresponsibly labelled the male population in remote Territory communities as predators of the worst kind. That was the second, again almost immediate, negative impact of the Intervention declaration.
When we see dangerously naïve or misguided non-Aboriginal crusaders running around hurling emotional Molotov cocktails willy nilly into the flammable undergrowth of community perceptions and politics, I believe it is sometimes necessary to turn the fire prevention hoses onto them.
“As long as you have female dogs breeding at one end of town while you are desexing at the other end - it is like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge - you cannot finish it until you desex 85 per cent of the local population,” she said. “That is the tipping point that you need to reach before you can effectively control population growth.”
I’ve been working with really strong community members, people who have been given well-deserved authority and respect by their communities and who have been completely overlooked by governments. I just cannot understand why this government continues an approach that completely disengages communities and individuals. Particularly when you look at the cumulative impact of that continual disengagement and the return to the top-down approach. Eventually the government must finally realise that this approach just isn’t working.
There are some days that you’d prefer to be digging a ditch than to be a public servant. Particularly if you were one of the members of Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s FaHCSIA staff that turned up to the New South Wales Parliament House on the last Thursday of January to face a grilling […]
AMRRIC is covering a wider field now in that we are trying to help out with not only facilitating vets into communities but also to help the local Shires with legislation, trying to increase awareness at the Federal government level of the problems with animal management nationally and we are also trying to increase education of the community.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled the NT intervention safe house initiative a “massive stuff-up.” 15 months after Former Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough’s promise to provide safe houses at part of the NT intervention, not one of the 16 shipping-container based safe houses has opened its door for clients and no staff have been […]