The dead hand of colonialism

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11-Jan-2021 11:26 PM


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Thank you, Norfolk Online, for publishing the latest research article by Dr Chris Nobbs concerning the audit of the NI Regional Council. As usual, Chris Nobbs has presented a well-researched and carefully argued paper. I have now had the chance to read the entire Nexia and Grassroots reports and largely agree with Chris that they are professionally prepared and reasonably accurate, within the limitations he has detailed. 

But the problems are exactly as he has listed, and boil down to the glaringly obvious: the governance model imposed on NI by the Commonwealth is oppressive, inefficient, costly and definitely not fit for purpose. While trying to "normalise" NI as just another part of Australia, it ignores a raft of significant differences, both in the comparatively high costs imposed and the lack of access for NIRC to federal or state funding programmes, such as local government grants and federal specific-purpose grant schemes (eg sports, community development, rural and regional subsidies etc.). And that's not to mention the relatively higher costs related to remoteness, freight and travel (among others).

I cannot add much to the sensible conclusions drawn by Chris, with which I totally agree.