The Canberra Times has a story in which everyone agrees that it’s totally marvellous that the government is going to try and make up for it’s inadequate pay and conditions by specialising in hiring the disabled.
Half of next year’s ACT Public Service graduate intake would come from people with disabilities, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced yesterday.
Initially I thought I’d go soft on this issue. I thought I didn’t need the grief of the bleeding hearts, the opprobium of the dimwitted but well meaning. Then I read the following sentence.
Mr Stanhope said the Government had set a target, not a quota
Don’t get me wrong… Anyone who chooses not to hire a qualified disabled person on the basis of the disability is an idiot. But I fail to see how *this* policy is in the best interests of the general ACT community.
The Chief Minister’s statement is