I completely agree that something needs to be done to stop the abuse
of children. My point was about politics and process, not the policy
What I do object to is the way in which Mr Howard is using this issue
for political purposes. If he really considers this a national
emergency, relevant leaders would have been consulted - or at least
notified - of the policy prior to any announcement. Instead, Mr
Howard attempted to get agreement from leaders while they learnt of
his plan under media scrutiny. Doing this serves only one purpose, to
paint him as a strong leader and put other leaders on the back foot.
That is not about helping the children, its about winning an election.
In response to a couple of criticisms:
After 'children overboard' and locking kids up in detention centres
for years, I don't think its wise to *trust* that Mr Howard's policy
will be implemented in a way that is far better than how it initially
Yes, as a society we pay for child abuse. We also pay for racism,
governmental overreaching and political manipulation.
Questions that this policy could cause long term damage for indigneous
Australians, and possibly perpetuate the abuse of children, deserve
decent answers - not spin.
Also, just how regularly do need to blog to avoid having to show taste and