What should we think of the Government of NSW? Easy. Watch Four Corners tonight.
Development is good, eh!
Again touting ABC 1! Four Corners tonight does look interesting, to say the least. Political assassination is fortunately a rarity in Australia so all Sydneysiders will recall the John Newman killing in 1994. We thought it was all done and dusted, but maybe not so.
It should be worth seeing.
… and by any measure they ought to have won. However, a combination of Peter Debnam and, I think, a growing revulsion against The Great Grey Garden Gnome then squatting still in Kirribilli House, brought the Libs down and delivered us to an ongoing Labor Government that has merely grown in ineptitude over the ensuing twelve months. Read the rest of this entry »
The Herald continues today with:
I still wonder what the drift of this series is, as it really is encompassing a whole gamut of phenomena from very disparate parts of Australia. Is it saying governments have been incompetent and we need to lift our policy game across the board? Is it saying white middle class Australians are a pack of racist bastards? I am really not sure…
Yesterday there were several powerful stories in the Sydney Morning Herald.
To quote from the second story:
Day after day DOCS staff battle fear and violence to save children on the edge of the abyss. It’s never enough, writes Ruth Pollard.
Staff call it the Department of Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t.
They paint a picture of a reality far removed from the hysterical media coverage and tit-for-tat politics of child protection. They have a long list of solutions and – after more than a decade of neglect, underfunding and staff shortages – a short supply of patience.
And yet, amid it all, they have hope.
The Herald spoke to a number of Department of Community Services workers – all of whom chose to remain anonymous to protect their clients and their jobs – about life on the front line of child protection. Read the rest of this entry »