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 Problems with Ken Wyatt’s Close the Gap targets

31.07.19.  If anyone should replace that snake-in-the-grass Minister for the Indigenous who represents only 3% of Australians, it should be Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. Minister Wyatt should donate 97% of his salary and benefits to his brethren living in poverty. Wyatt seems intent on dividing Australians by the colour of their skin. That alone should be remembered when the entire mess comes up for the vote!
Indigenous Australians are as capable as anyone else, so why do the government’s new Closing the Gap targets ignore the most vulnerable in favour of the demands of activists? There are glaring problems with Ken Wyatt’s Close the Gap targets.

Source: Jacinta Price, The Daily Telegraph

Feel-good measures will widen the gap

If you are going to set a (probably unachievable) target to reduce Indigenous incarceration by 15 per cent, then it is absolutely scandalous that you don’t also set one for the reduction of violence against Indigenous women and children.
If we could convince Aboriginal families to act to protect their women we would reduce the jail population by around 50 per cent, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data on sentences for Indigenous violence, sexual assault and homicide.
Reducing the level of violence would automatically reduce the level of incarceration.
Once again the message to the victims is that their black lives matter a lot less than those of perpetrators.
The government of Papua New Guinea has a worse problem then we do, with the majority of women experiencing rape or assault.
But PNG is finally starting to take it seriously and has pledged to take action immediately to reduce violence against women.
Perhaps it’s because they can’t use systemic racism as an excuse or insist colonisation is to blame and take responsibility away from the actual perpetrators.
Perhaps we should ask for their advice.
When the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody reported in 1991, it found that none of the Australian deaths were caused by the “deliberate violence or brutality by the police or prison officers”.
It also found that Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at about the same rate as other Australians. The problem is out here in the community, not in our prisons.
The systems we have set up to protect Indigenous children and our schools have failed disastrously. In the name of preserving culture we, too often, send grossly neglected and abused children back into the situation where they are abused and neglected.
The target of reducing by 45 per cent the number of Indigenous children in care does not address this problem.
Our kids have been allowed to self-determine not to attend school.
We have been so concerned with preserving language and culture we have neglected to teach some of the most linguistically talented people in the world the national language so they can speak for themselves, instead of having to rely on ‘peak bodies’.
We have failed to teach the principles on which our free and open society is based so they have become susceptible to the most shallow and self-destructive nonsense sprouted by the latest protest movement to come out of America. We have not given them the means to deal with the world they are a part of or to benefit from the riches of the wider society and economy.
Like Joint Council on Closing the Gap co-chair, Pat Turner, I don’t want to see continuing investment in dud organisations,
But this should include the dud Aboriginal organisations that have been taking government funds for four decades but not doing the job.
What have our Indigenous community leaders been doing for the 13 years during which the targets were not achieved?
Why aren’t they taking the lead in the protection of our most vulnerable?
Why are we so reliant on government to fix our problems for us?
At no point has economic independence been addressed as a target. It is an oxymoron to suggest, as Turner has, that tackling welfare will be done through funding Aboriginal peak bodies to employ Aboriginal Australians. Funding these bodies created another form of welfare at a bureaucratic level.
Private enterprise, individual property rights and small business create economic independence and jobs.
Only with these factors can Aboriginal people truly be able to take advantages of the riches of our economy. Jobs create dignity which leads to safer households and respect for education.
We must take responsibility at the family and individual level.
Wearing T-shirts and waving placards, bussing down to Canberra and demanding to be heard when you’ve got nothing worthwhile to say, railing against like an imaginary ‘systemic racism’ will not achieve anything.
Demanding that whitefellas kneel and beg forgiveness for being white will achieve nothing except resentment.
Acting within our own families, making sure our kids get to school and a real education, doing worthwhile work, treating our loved ones with respect and love, protecting the loved ones of others from violence will achieve all the targets.
The final statement in the 1991 Commissioner’s report is the one most ignored: There is no other way. Only Aboriginal people can, in the final analysis, assure their own future.
We are as capable as any other people in the whole world to solve our own problems, to protect our own.
To say otherwise is simply racist.
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is director of Indigenous research at the Centre for independent Studies and an Alice Springs town councillor.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • DT 31/07/2020, 6:20 am

    Why does the Prime Minister & Cabinet Ministers allow Minister Wyatt to continue on his crusade?

    I agree that Jacinta Price has far more sense.

    • Disgruntled 31/07/2020, 7:17 am

      Gee DT; it has me totally flummoxed; I didn’t think that guy was much good right from the start!
      Probably they all are surrounded by people that have “agendas” or do not understand the problems properly; Do not forget that Abbot used to get out and about with the affected peoples and I bet that he was not included in the latest statement compilation.
      A real good watch is Warren Mundine’s latest truth talking video

      I just think that most of the coalition as well as labor just don’t get it!!!; as for the greens, well they never did get it or anything else for that matter. A few of the labor are real doozies; no need to elaborate on who I mean!

      The huge dollars thrown at the issues just are not working and by and large a few issues are sadly getting worse!

      • DT 31/07/2020, 7:40 am

        It has always been so Disgruntled, Graham Richardson is one former Minister (Labor) who now regrets not achieving more for the indigenous community when he was in a position to do so.

        Sensible insiders such as Jacinta Price say that many of the problems are within the communities and the minds of activists and supporters. Like violence against women and children.

        There are many stories that I have heard over the decades, an example is Aboriginal Housing, huge sums of taxpayer’s monies spent and the dwellings soon wrecked by vandalism.

        We spent at one stage $50,000 a year for every man, woman and child in those communities and generally, $ billions spent and much of it squandered or stolen when ATSIC was operating before the Howard Government shut it down.

      • PeterPetrum 31/07/2020, 12:35 pm

        As DT has said, I too have witnessed pure vandalism in Aboriginal Housing. Outside Dubbo about 30 years ago (when working for Flick Pest Control) I attended an Aboriginal housing village that the Council said was so badly affected by termites that the houses were falling down. When I got there I found out it was not termites – despite being provided with modern gas cookers the inhabitants preferred to cook over a wood fire in the open. To get the wood, they pulled the linings off the walls and used the timber wall studs for firewood. Eventually the walls collapsed and the roofs fell in! And what did Council do when I reported this? Built a new village and moved them all in!

    • Philippe Armstrong 31/07/2020, 3:36 pm

      The Aboriginal Royal Family along with inner city elites take it all. Is a great industry to get on board with but useless at actually doing anything. Is designed to simply keep the status quo going and to squeal and moan the loudest.

      • Cliff 31/07/2020, 4:41 pm

        And to keep a lot of bureaucrats in a job. The last thing these same bureaucrats want is to see the problem solved, for that would collapse their not so little empires.

  • John 31/07/2020, 8:29 am

    It still is so Dis, about $50,000 a year on every person of aboriginal descent. About $18,000 annually on non aboriginals. The problem will never be solved until aboriginal men get the same courage and brains as aboriginal women. Warren Mundine has both but remains only one man, pi..ng into the wind.

  • Theydon Wood 31/07/2020, 8:34 am

    As “indigenous” people are already a special case in Australia and treated differently the white etc folk, why not just give them exemptions from the law?
    Problems solved overnight.
    (tongue in cheek emoji)

  • Thunder 31/07/2020, 9:33 am

    I agree CLOSE THE GAP and leave them on the OUTSIDE !!

    Enough BILLIONS have been THROWN away on this TRASH !!

  • Honeybadger 31/07/2020, 9:58 am

    Jacinta is a breath of sane fresh air.
    Below are two of the targets.
    How about don’t commit the crime, you won’t do the time. Or will it be a case of turning a blind eye to aborigine crime. That will achieve targets.

    10.By 2031, reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults held in incarceration by at least 15 per cent
    11.By 2031, reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (10-17 years) in detention by at least 15 per cent

  • Tony H 31/07/2020, 10:17 am

    The problem is the left ( Communists) infiltrated the Aboriginal Industry from the start and took over the agenda, the aim is to keep Australia divided and apart. That is why despite the Billions of dollars thrown at these people yearly there never seems to be any improvement on anything! It behaves the people running the Aboriginal grievance industry to keep them in their predicaments as they will be out of a job! Where as they should be working towards not requiring a job any more. Who do you think organised the BLM protest in Sydney? The Communist Party of Australia.



    • Disgruntled 31/07/2020, 12:02 pm

      Good link Tony; this Paddy Gibson has been a super-grub for a very long time and he does NOT have the well-being of the Aboriginals at heart at all as most of the other noisy people also do not either! He is a Marxist through and through and Australia would be a much better place if he was permanently evaporated!!

      How did he get and manage to keep this job?
      Just goes to show how very rotten our universities really are!
      For more just google search Paddy Gibson.
      The “human rights” mob is one group that gives this mongrel oxygen; but what could one expect from the likes of the “Soupspoon” bloke. another vid to watch is by the ABC???

      We all know what makes Jacinta tick and re. Mundine; a very good read is his book “Warren Mundine in Black and White”.

      Of late there is a increasing amount of time being given to Jacinta and Warren in some of the media and I do hope that their experiences will soon be properly appreciated; Scomo needs to wake up and Kanga needs to be gone asap as also some of his sycophants otherwise the problems will never get solved!

  • Philippe Armstrong 31/07/2020, 11:29 am

    Tony H. For over 50 years it has been overtaken by leftists and a big beuracracy with snouts in the trough everywhere you look. It was never designed to work from the beginning. More programs than anyone could count. It is meant for paternalism, dependence and for the virtue signallers to stand on their throne.

  • Eliza 31/07/2020, 11:40 am

    Jacinta and her mother Bess are exceptional women and in my opinion it is because they are genuine leaders and use common sense, that they are ignored vilified, threatened and abused daily.
    I was told by someone from the NT that Jacinta easily won the seat she was fighting for before the absentee votes came in!!!!

    • Knight Templar 31/07/2020, 12:33 pm

      Good point Eliza.
      Jacinta lives in Alice Springs, not only does she talk the talk, she walks the walk..
      She doesn’t need to wear possum skins to prove a point.

  • Bwana Neusi 31/07/2020, 2:49 pm

    Close down the “Communities” and most of the problems will disappear.

    There is no work for the inhabitants in these communities.
    It is really the equivalent of reverting these aboriginal tribes back to hunter gatherer status (sorry Pascoe) but without the need to “hunt or gather”.
    So what else is there to do, apart from grog, drugs, sex and fighting.

  • Disgruntled 31/07/2020, 11:07 pm

    Just checked my emails before bed and came across this
    there is a lot of stuff to wade through; take a long while!

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