Nothing is as touchy feely as “inclusion”.
The highlights, highlights mind you, are:
- “The Board has established a pilot household debt relief and counselling program, examined the causes and effects of long-term unemployment in the ACT and provided advice on the development of a poverty-proofing framework”
Debt relief and counseling can be covered in three dot points:
- 1. Consolidate all your debts into a single loan with the lowest interest you can get.
2. Stop spending more than you earn.
3. If 2 is proving troublesome create a written budget and stick to it.
What’s to pilot with that?
As for the rest, “examining causes” is a process, not an output. Providing advice to develop a framework is even further from anything useful.
I’m sure everyone worked very hard and meant well. But was there really nothing more useful this whole effort and goodwill could have been put to?
The clincher (as is often the case) comes in the second last par:
- “The Board is evidence of the ACT Government’s commitment to engage with the community on tackling disadvantage and addressing the social inclusion”
It’s all about looking like Mr. Stanhope is doing something. I hope it gives him the requisite warm fuzzies.