In the news

Some new stuff of note on the web:

  • If you’re in Melbourne, check out this exhibition of work from Milingimbi artists, including my mami Lilly.
  • There’s an article in today’s Australian about paying kids to turn up at school. There’s some comment here. It doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me, to be honest. OK, in a monetary economy, cash is an incentive. If you want people to do stuff they might not otherwise do, you either increase the penalties for not doing it (for example, by blocking the parents’ child endowment benefits) or increase the incentives for doing it. However, is there any good evidence that cash incentives work the same way in remote communities as they do in urban areas? Particularly in areas where familiarity with money and any concept of personal wealth is pretty recent?
  • This story points out that Indigenous housing problems involve dangerous electrical wiring … but it’s ok, because the electricity is off so often that it’s unlikely to be really dangerous…
  • And here’s a tourism article about One Arm Point

2 responses to “In the news

  1. “there any good evidence that cash incentives work the same way in remote communities as they do in urban areas”

    Claire, you’ve spent more time in Indigenous communities than me, but I’m reminded of a comment that a journalist made to me recently: that anytime there’s a loophole or a perverse incentive created by a government welfare program, it’s immediately figured out by the locals. He reckoned the government typically takes months to cotton on and change the program.

  2. I haven’t heard that, although I know of plenty of technological examples (e.g. the two petrol bowsers in a community that are operated by swipe card – someone worked out that if you swipe a card in one machine, it turned both pumps on but didn’t deduct anything from the card if they pumped fuel from the other bowser).

    Are there figures from other incentive programs, like the ‘no school, no pool’ programs?

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