In 1968 anthropologist Bill Stanner spoke of the Great Australian Silence in relation to the historical mistreatment of Indigenous peoples, a national myopia. The just announced 2016 Budget could be similarly termed ‘the Great Australian Fiscal Silence’, a fiscal myopia incommensurate with the level of need.
Patrick Wolfe tragically passed away very prematurely on Thursday, we mourn his passing.
The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Cory Bernardi, is holding an Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015. Professor Jon Altman made a submission (no. 8) to the Inquiry and was invited to give further evidence in a public hearing on 19 February 2016 at the Monash Conference Centre, Melbourne. These are his opening remarks.