Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The HUB solution

Is it a real solution or a new name for old idea that did actually work at much less cost ?
On a day after the PM chants repeatedly about her offering to drip feeding money into the accounts of all of the people , HUBs are announced as  solution to problems in some indigenous communities in the Northern Territory .
I wonder what the care ratio will be and whether the hours will be be beyond 9am -5pm and on weekends , when the problems arise .
We are happy to hear this news from the ABC,   but are the people on the stations?
I just talked with someone who poo poed the  idea of missionaries in such communities;So easy to knock the previous encumbent .  This was the sort of boring repeat talk that undermined a generation ago the commitment of white aussies to support hubs in some of those areas . Look up Hermannsburg.  They trained people to care for people and the carers were called Pastors .
Pastors are on call,  and look after as they do world wide,  and for centuries  groups of 40 -100 people .
HUBS which are committed to care are welcome,  but lets not pretend people are going to replace pastoral care . Govt's can't even get drivers out to the richest woman in the world' s mines . and with both major parties hooked on the drip feed of money riven solutions,  I wouldn't hold my breath  about more care and more time.  The cost of health care can kill.   ABC journos - talk to real community leaders on these property area  !
The proper ratio of political announcements to people announcements is at least 1:2

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The current Culture of Entitlement is not the one we inherited

Properly understood , our original cultural origins in entitlement are very sound .   So with all this haste to restart liberalism in the west - lets not demolish the building but rebuild it .  As so often happens in the history of the West some smart arse reactionary to the faith thinks they know better than our forebears and takes only the theory and practice bits that suit them. The getting bit - not so much , the giving bit .
The current Culture of  Entitlement is not the one we inherited . Its a quickfix and half baked version that doesn't work . One of the bits that we have failed to include is the concept of ownership( also rightly understood).
in 2010 ISCAST I published an article which explored the history of the entitlement culture of early believers . I did this because many of the traditions of land management adopted there are still effective and powerful in addressing  the challenges of resource expolitation and diseconomy .  Up until recently we believed in them and trained people to practice them - but no longer ! Unlike us the early Hebrews maintained an effective, balanced  and positive view of  the rights and responsibilities of land ownership in particular . One of my contentions in that article was that present Western Culture  was far too much  influenced by a weakening of our understanding and commitment  to ownership.   For many years before I wrote this direct challenge to conventional wisdom on aid ,development and sustainability drivers, I  was concerned that many well intentioned operatives , were being sucked into some aspects of western cultural practice  that didn't actually work . This would be fine if we didn't know better because influencing resource use for the better is not easy work .   Even in the culture of one of the most effective conservation planning and environemnet organisations in the world ,the full culture of sound rights and responsibilities( including in territory allocation  and respect) was being eroded . Politicians and reactionaries started to like talking about our profession . This was initially welcome , until you realise they only half get it . I have seen now 3 decades of "half baked "and erosion of the very foundations of the  tension  required to hold incentive and regulation in conservation together.The very adoption of incomplete methodologies( of incentive,self management  and regulation and cooercion )  at a high political level , and their failure in recent years , MUST make for powerful reflection by ALL the major parties who are only into half baked on this .
The counter culture of conservation requires great competence - something our polys have failed to provide as they play football with my profession.  This means in Australia today we are promoting tokens and irresponsible entitlement theories that cannot sustain themselves (Can't have everyone sitting at the end of the drip feed )  Not all about getting, and "what I want "   The time has indeed come to tear down the eroded edifice of something great to rebuild it without the woosy weak mortar of Marxist  heresies .
The challenge to reduce homelessness was a powerful stimulus to revive these really important related issues of entitlements and alloting space to young people .
You heard it first from Emperor's Academy11 May 2012

Your feedback would be apprecaited While wikipedia is good at the moment on this subject , you never know who might revise it .


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