Oct 13, 2017

Indigenous people challenge the ‘lost knowledge’ of Australian bureaucracy

Uncomfortable though Indigenous Australians' laments may be to hear, the public servants from PM&C were delighted, writes editor at The Mandarin Harley Dennett.

Predictable and safe public administration met provocative and contested Indigenous voices in Sydney this week — nerves of steel were highly recommended.

Try this: “I don’t care if you’re racist,” declared one Indigenous professor invited by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) to an event jointly hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Yes, I heard the sudden intake of air in the room. Public servants don’t need to be true believers, or graduates of cultural competency training, Professor Steven Larkin explained, as long as they’re doing their jobs competently from nine to five.

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3 thoughts on “Indigenous people challenge the ‘lost knowledge’ of Australian bureaucracy

  1. Desmond Graham

    “All Australian public services need to genuinely involve …….. peoples at all levels of policy development and service delivery. Until this happens they, and their communities, will not get the public services they need and deserve,”

    So what? The rest of us are in the same predicament.

    1. Pollietragic

      Gee Des, you must have had a terrible whitey’s life to say you are in the same predicament as indigenous people.
      It must have been awful seeing your friends and relatives fail to receive an education, receive 3rd world health services, unable to find employment, commit teenage suicide, be imprisoned at higher rates and die earlier than others in society. Sounds like you need a society that listens your problems and ignores the ignorant and negative scorners.
      Good luck with the rest of your life Des, you may need it.

  2. AR

    Lifestyle choices? Who knew that support was melanin dependent?

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