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Title The Cape experiment
Published 2007


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  300.994 Fco/Rne  2007/07/16  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Series Four corners (Television program)
Summary "For years he’s warned that welfare payments sit down money - have encouraged irresponsibility and a hand out mentality in indigenous communities. Now Noel Pearson is trying to tackle the situation head on. In 2006 Pearson’s Cape York Institute began a trial project to rehabilitate several communities on the Cape. Coen, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Hopevale have all been ravaged by addiction and abuse. The most controversial aspect of the plan is to link behaviour to welfare payments. Over the past eight months Four Corners has had unique access to these communities as Pearson and his team have battled to get their vision accepted and implemented. The program tracks both the resistance to these reforms,as well as the enthusiasm and determination by others to turn their lives around. The program also shows Pearson’s pragmatic manoeuvring in an election year and his close contact with Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Mal Brough. Pearson talks candidly about the tough political choices he has to make. During the making of this program the Prime Minister declared Aboriginal child abuse in the Northern Territory a national emergency and announced "major measures" to take control of the Territory’s Aboriginal communities. Much of the Federal Government’s efforts reflect the Pearson plan. The hurdles thrown up by the Cape York reforms give an insight into the difficulties the Federal Government will face in the Northern Territory. Noel Pearson broadly supports the intervention but details his concerns to Four Corners."--website
Notes Off-air recording of ABC-TV broadcast July 16, 2006. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Credits Producer: Michael Doyle
Performer Reporter: Matthew Carney
Notes DVD
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
No rating given
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Public welfare -- Northern Territory
Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Northern Territory
Child abuse -- Australia -- Prevention
Author Carney, Matthew
Doyle, Michael
ABC-TV (Australia)