Indigenous Australia

Fear not, Papa is here

This event is the second part of a four part series: Governance and the power of fear.

Fear is a common currency of authoritarian political power and is being wielded by a growing cadre of international leaders, including Putin, Duterte, Erdoğan and Trump.

There is also the less confronting but just as insidious political sibling of paternalism, which cloaks the denial of political, economic and social agency by disadvantaged peoples in the respectability of ‘meaning well’.

The appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP): A submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee

Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

Key points of the submission:

  1. There are Serious problems with the CDP Program
  2. CDP is a Badly Designed Regulatory System—Evidenced by High Levels of Defiance and Disengagement
  3. Multiple Punitive Welfare Conditionality Programs Can Compound Disadvantage and Create Confusion

To view the submission follow the link below.

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Changes to the Community Development Programme (CDP): A submission to the Community and Economic Development Division, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Remote Australia

Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

The consultation paper asks the following questions:

  1. What elements of the current national Job Seeker Compliance Framework don’t work well for remote job seekers? How could these be improved?
  2. Do the proposed new arrangements balance the need to provide safeguards for job seekers with the objective of having individuals attend activities and take-up work?
  3. Are the proposed new arrangements simple and easy to understand for job seekers?
  4. Will the proposed new arrangements create perverse incentives or lead to unintended consequences?

To read the submission follow the link below.

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Submission to Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee - Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

I welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee on this Bill. I make this submission as an academic with a disciplinary background in law whose research focuses on issues of public policy, social justice, human rights and Indigenous peoples.

My submission will draw attention to several problems with the proposed Bill: 1. The welfare discourse underpinning this Bill perpetuates destructive mythology about the poor. 2. Workfare regimes are inherently problematic and should be abandoned. 3. There are issues with the exercise of review rights. 4. There are issues with working for income managed/quarantined welfare income. 5. There are human rights incompatibility issues with the Bill which make it fundamentally unsuited to a society aspiring to uphold human dignity.

Read the full submission via the link below.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australian youth justice: A Western Australian prevalence study

The Telethon Kids Institute has conducted the first Australian study to examine the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disorders at Banksia Hill Detention Centre – Western Australia’s only youth detention facility.

From CDEP to CDP: Regulating Indigenous joblessness while destroying livelihood in remote Australia

In the past decade, a process of so-called ‘reform’ of the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme that was established in 1977 has seen the scheme’s eventual abolition.

Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights: Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Author/s (editor/s):

Altman, Jon
Bielefeld, Shelley

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

Jon Altman and Shelley Bielefeld’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

We make this submission as collaborating academics with disciplinary backgrounds in economics, anthropology and law whose research and teaching focuses on issues of public policy, social justice, human rights and Indigenous Australians. We are strongly opposed to the government’s proposal to amend the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) by repealing ss 18C, 18D, 18B and 18E and replacing them with a grossly inferior protective mechanism for people of any race, culture or ethnicity that are minorities within Australia. Section 18C is a perfectly reasonable legislative provision for a modern democratic society which should be sensitive to the vulnerability of minorities. The exemptions contained in s 18D are adequate in terms of balancing any tension between free speech and racial vilification. Indeed, sections 18C and 18D contain some crucial standards by which civilised conduct ought to be judged. It is also appropriate that employers be vicariously liable under s 18E where supervision of their employees has been so gravely inadequate that they allow racial vilification to go unchecked.

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