Friday, 12 February 2010

Change is never easy but paternalism is

I’ve done a fair bit of work with and for Indigenous organisations and communities over the years and could say a lot about how Governments have got it right and (more often) got it wrong over the last couple of hundred years.

But for anyone to expect significant change (for poor blackfellas or poor whitefellas) in things like infant mortality rates or education outcomes in one or two years as Tony “the woman’s friend” Abbott seems to suggest is plainly ridiculous (or disingenuous as the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has a habit of saying).

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