Indigenous money sink
Queensland Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes told The Australian the Newman government could no longer justify its expenditure on the program.
The trial in four Cape York communities has cost the state and federal governments more than $100 million.The government mentions there are only a few thousand people involved altogether so what the hell costs $100 million. If I went to theses communities would I see anything …roads…new schools..what exactly? The report tells us that school attendance is improving and kid bashing is down;
Last year, preliminary findings of the review of the trial — which links welfare to school attendance, child safety, tenancy and convictions — found the communities were recording improvements in attendance and falling child-protection notifications.But it doesn’t say what the money was actually spent on but Queensland Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes questions the value for money;
“We simply can’t justify the rate of expenditure over the past four years in just four communities, with only a few thousand people,”I’m all for helping Australians in difficult times and I have always agreed with Christopher Pearson and his programs but hell, $100 million for four communities seems over the top to me. Tony Abbott wants to see these indigenous welfare reforms now being tested in Cape York expanded to communities across the country. I trust any continuation doesn’t involve $25 million per community – he’ll never clear the ALP debt at that rate.