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ice queen

Another crappy news day.

More than two years since the Howard government announced its intervention into remote Northern Territory communities, the Productivity Commission report has found a worsening in child abuse among indigenous children.

It's also found there's been no improvements in 80 per cent of the economic and social indicators, including literacy and numeracy.


ETA: Also - One animal killed every hour in NSW for scientific testing

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I know that I'm looking for sense where sense was not applied - but did the government really think that worsening people's economic situation would improve things? Or that, when faced with a worsening economic situation, people wouldn't self-medicate as a way of trying to manage everything? (Not with abuse, of course - with alcohol and drugs, no matter whether those things are prohibited or not.) And if there are no jobs in the area, no way to stay on the land and have a workable income, no way to honor culture that's tied to place and feed your family, what relevance does literacy and numeracy have?

I realize there are no answers - I just . . . the obtuseness is staggering.
I know that I'm looking for sense where sense was not applied

A sensible person can't help but look for sense, though.

I realize there are no answers - I just . . . the obtuseness is staggering.

And horrifying. It's .... simply mindboggling and painful to watch.