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    Aboriginal people in remote communities fear they be hit hardest by cuts to welfare




    Aboriginal people in remote communities fear they could be hit hardest by welfare measures announced in the federal budget and are uncertain how changes will be applied.

    Plans for a six-month waiting period for unemployment benefits for people under 30 have raised concerns that people who struggle to access work and training because of geography will be left out of pocket.

    There is little detail about how the Government plans to rein in welfare and how Work For The Dole would apply in remote areas.

    People with poor literacy, a disability and sole parents who are primary carers are expected to be exempted.There is also uncertainty over the impact of more than $500 million of savings announced in the budget through the streamlining of more than 150 Indigenous programs and activities.

    Non-government Indigenous service providers have been told they have six to 12 months of extra funding, but the Government is not making any promises after that.

    A statement from the office of Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said there was no automatic exemption to welfare changes for remote areas.

    However jobseekers participating in the Remote Jobs and Communities Program equivalent who were identified as having defined barriers to work would be exempt."We want to help people move into employment when they are able to do so," Mr Andrews said.

    Review's impact on job prospects unclear

    The Government is expected to release mining magnate Andrew Forrest's review of Indigenous employment in the coming weeks to feed into a new Indigenous employment strategy.The Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, said the Government's Indigenous employment strategy would be released after Mr Forrest's report is received.

    "We want all young people to either be working or in study or at least doing something constructive in the community," Mr Tudge said.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said it was not clear how the Government was planning to improve job prospects for Indigenous people in regional and remote communities.

    "What we do know is that there's lots of people very anxious and being very stressed out there at the moment," he said.

    "We've got to make sure that there are appropriate jobs, there are appropriate educational training facilities in those places that those people can access if they can't access this welfare safety net."

    If Senate passes the welfare changes, the Government said the changes would be introduced gradually in regional areas and the new Indigenous jobs strategy would make it easier for people to find work.

    Concerns over skills shortages

    James Gaykamangu shares a rented house in Darwin's Bagot Aboriginal community with 13 other family members, including his children and grandchildren.

    Mr Gaykamangu works as an Aboriginal interpreter but his adult children are on welfare support. The family rely on the welfare payments to make ends meet. He said his adult children have had jobs in the past but have not been able to continue working.

    "It's too hard to find a job around because of their skill, they don't have enough skill," he said.

    Mr Gaykamangu says he is worried the Government plans to wind back welfare will make a hard situation worse.

    Aboriginal people in remote communities fear they could be hit hardest by cuts to welfare - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    can't they ever get off their arses and earn a living?

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    Maybe they should do something crazy, right off the wall, and move to somewhere there are jobs......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    Maybe they should do something crazy, right off the wall, and move to somewhere there are jobs......
    Or at least somewhere less remote.

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    Well balga in WA is done

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    They lived for 1,000s of years with out welfare, someone want to give me a big bit of land, tax free, sure I could make a living.

    Be honest, government wants to pay me welfare, I'm happy to live in the middle of nowhere, hunt, fish and drink piss.

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    Just saw a docu called Our Generation.

    To me they're beautiful. But those are faces only an anthropologist could love. Were they good looking Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie types think how much more "luck" they would have had. They're certainly not stupid. Their language is one of the most complicated in the World, kinship system as well. Maybe that in which they excel doesn't have a niche in the Western way of thought. Or maybe I'm talking out my arse.

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    Give them petrol vouchers.

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    ^They drink petrol?

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    they get shafted every time there's a change in Government, like the rest of Us

    a few years ago the N.T. Government spent $60mil+ on there Aboriginal Housing,
    but not a House was built!
    claimed the money was spent on Consultants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post

    They drink petrol?
    Mate, you have not seen nothing until one has seen desert aboriginals.

    They are simply a throw back to the Earths first inhabitant's and not part of this world.

    Left alone in dry communities they are fine but once they get on the piss its game on, the shit hits the fan and chaos ensues.

    Anyway take the OP. 13 members living in one house collecting welfare at approx $300 each.

    That's $3900 foking dollars being pissed up against the wall every week ?

    Australia's welfare does not discriminate so we must pay them and the cycle continues of drinking and rampant violence.

    Cave men reincarnated.

    Saying that, the communities that have managed to keep alcohol out of their communities are fine just doing their own thing.

    I have no problem with these.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    The first time i crossed the nullabor at the border to WA 1974 the sign says welcome and there was a tribe of boongs settled there dogs,kids all pissed and nothing has changed.

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    Wife's cracking me up! she say it sound like 'Nigger die Nigger die''

    and we only had 2 Leo's

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    sounds like a good tune

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    What theres not enough ?


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    The only experience I have with Abo's was in The Railway Hotel in Cairns. The barman for some unknown reason told this Abo to finish his beer and leave. All was quiet as this Abo got off his stool on finishing. He immediately walked over to this white guy, who was minding his own business, and give him a hell of a right hander to the side of his head, knowing him off his stool. The Abo calmly walked off. No one called the police and the white guy was helped back on to his stool. I never sat next to an Abo for the rest of my time in Cairns. Other than that incident I found them okay.

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    tough question


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    Grew up with plenty,played football with em,lived next door to em,do not drink with em,they are evil knuts on the piss.

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    met many in my trips to the mine sites in WA and NT only can say good genuine people.

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    ^ Mine sites are dry mate.Get in amongst em on the piss,petrol and glue.

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