Price calls bull on feel-good ‘Close the Gap’ targets
Normally Indigenous Alice Springs Councillor Jacinta Price levels these truth bombs at proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This time she’s addressing the Morrison government.
She just laid waste to 3 of their sixteen new ‘Close the Gap’ targets.
“Why do the government’s new Closing the Gap targets ignore the most vulnerable in favour of the demands of activists?” she asks with good reason.
“The problem is out here in the community, not in our prisons,” she writes, blasting the Black Lives Matter notion that reducing incarceration is going to achieve anything.
Setting feel-good targets to reduce the number of Indigenous teenagers and adults in incarceration may sound fabulous, but it does nothing to protect the vulnerably by way of addressing why the rates are so high in the first place.
Another ‘target’ bit the dust as Price took aim at the PC culture that is harming the very people it claims to help:
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.
Twelve years ago the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – the architect of ‘National Sorry Day’ – kicked off this farcical exercise of setting targets to improve Indigenous lives.
Very few have ever been met.
And so this year the Morrison government… Set more targets.
“The thing that is different this time is the enthusiasm of all to address these targets,” said Indigenous Affairs minister Ken Wyatt, trying to sell it.
Prime Minister Morrison highlighted another ‘thing that is different this time’: “For the first time, First Nations people will share decision-making with governments on Closing the Gap.”
Indeed this time Indigenous-run services have been given $50m to pitch in closing said gap, but Price still isn’t buying:
…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 [Joint Council on Closing the Gap co-chair] 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.
How right she is.
Price recognises the well-meaning help of the government and its billions of taxpayer dollars cannot solve the issues still rife in Indigenous communities – if it could, it already would have.
Instead her answer is to refuse to buy-in to the victimhood the left so liberally bestow on Indigenous Aussies, and to encourage her fellows to do the same.
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….
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.
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