Government tells Logan and Rocky “You’re poor and we’re here to help”

In the Budget papers released last night, the Gillard Government identified Logan and Rockhampton as among 10 disadvantaged locations across Australia eligible for intensive assistance:

In the usual unclear bureaucratic language of Government documents, here is how the Government’s plans are described in the Budget papers:

An intensive approach is needed in some communities to break the cycle of ongoing disadvantage. The Government will provide $38 million to deliver integrated local services and a Local Solutions Fund for innovative projects that provide new services and models to boost engagement and participation in ten disadvantaged areas.

Across 10 areas, $38 million is only $3.8 million per area, which is not a lot relative to the scale of the social problems in these areas. We probably should wait for further details, but there is a risk that this is simply a feel good initiative that won’t achieve any real change.

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