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taken from the age but pointed out by artbroken:

"Aboriginal communities will have to meet certain standards in return for government money under "mutual obligation" agreements.

Children in a remote Aboriginal community will be required to wash their faces twice daily as part of a deal with the Federal Government that will deliver them benefits, including new petrol bowsers and improved health checks.

The deal is the first revealed under the Government's controversial mutual obligation policy, under which conditions are attached to federal grants.

Members of the Mulan community in Western Australia have agreed to a long list of obligations that include keeping their homes and yards clean, ensuring students attend school, emptying rubbish bins twice a week and the frequent face washing of children.

In return for fulfilling their obligations, the community will receive $172,260 in federal funding for petrol bowsers, while the West Australian Government will provide regular testing for the eye disease trachoma, skin infections and worm infestations."

i think my opinion of this is best summed up by this:

"Indigenous academic Larissa Behrendt, head of law and indigenous studies at the University of Technology, said the agreement made a mockery of the term "mutual obligation"."


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Dec. 9th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
Despicable. My daughter is doing a report on Black Kettle (a chief of the Cheyenne here in the 19th Century). Custer killed him under a white flag of surrender. My daughter said, "Mommy have white people gotten nicer since then?"
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
well, i guess you could at least say that the world has gotten a little better since then. not much, but i do believe it's better.
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