John Howard’s Breathtaking, Boundless Cynicism

June 22, 2007 at 3:04 am (Uncategorized)

Here’s a quote from the final two paragraphs of the Sydney Morning Herald‘s online article about John Howard’s proposed radical changes to managing Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory:

‘A leading academic on indigenous policy, Jon Altman, the director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, said the Federal Government had failed to deal with underlying problems in Aboriginal communities, such as unemployment.

“Rather than addressing those underlying issues, and they are complex and will take years to address, we are seeing a knee-jerk reaction and blame-shifting onto the Northern Territory Government,” Professor Altman said.’

Now, have a look at the whole article.

Of course John Howard’s belated interest in the welfare of this country’s Indigenous population is knee-jerk and blame-shifting: it’s an election year!

COME OFF IT, Johnny. Now you care? Please.



  1. Mike said,

    Are any of John Dubya Howard’s interests or actions anything but knee-jerk, band-aid, opiate-for-the-masses reactions to something? Someone name one thing for me please, exluding increases in pollies’ perks and neo-con ideology-related iniatives (i.e. has he done anything good that hasn’t been knee-jerk reaction?)

  2. doctordi said,

    I can’t help wondering how many Australians are oblivious to the fact that the much-touted Future Fund is actually just tax payers’ money shoring up the future superannuation benefits of public servants.

    John Howard’s not talking about protecting everyone’s future, kids, and he’s not funding it either way.

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