Throwing money at a problem never has worked, never will work

Private property ownership and jobs would go a lot further.

IN February, the Productivity Commission released Indigenous Expenditure Report 2010 showing that an additional $5.1 billion was spent in 2008-09 on specifically Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

This translates to $100,000 a year for each man, woman and child in remote communities. Clearly, most of these funds do not reach remote indigenous families; they go to bureaucrats, administrators, consultants, contractors and other (mostly non-indigenous) beneficiaries.

On June 8 the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council, reviewing indigenous literacy and numeracy between 2008 and 2010, showed that progress was limited to years 3 and 7 in reading in Queensland and Western Australia, with very little or no change in other literacy and no improvement, or decline, in numeracy.

On August 8 a Department of Finance strategic review of indigenous expenditure concluded that $3.4bn of annual indigenous expenditure “has yielded dismally poor returns to date”.

Leaving aside the issue of so much of that money going to bureaucrats etc., one point that isn’t raised much at is: How about these people standing up and taking personal responsibility for their own lives?

You can lead a horse to water…

At the end of the day, much of their problems are their own fault, and I for one will not be guilt-tripped into thinking otherwise.

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • September 27th, 2011

    How about these people standing up and taking personal responsibility for their own lives?

    But when they do, and find a long term way of bringing jobs and money into their communities, those who know whats best for them (tree huggers and doctors wives) will turn on them and decry them as coconuts.

    The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds.

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