The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater - 19 February 2010

 

The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater is concerned by the continued suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act which allows welfare payment quarantining of Aboriginal people (Income Management) in the Northern Territory.

There are worrying reports of impending federal legislation which may shortly extend Income Management to welfare recipients across the entire country. This expansion will not make the Act any less discriminatory. The vast majority of people currently subjected to Income Management will stay on the Basics Card. Most of those being drawn into the scheme will be Aboriginal. Income Management has degraded Aboriginal people and the proposal to degrade some non-Aboriginal people does not make it any more acceptable or any less racist.

 

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater.