Saturday, July 24, 2010

Noel Pearson explains why 'Closing the Gap' is just another white middle-class wank doomed to failure

If we agree on anything we agree that the egregious position of indigenous Australians is intolerable and must be remedied. If it would be wrong to disagree with this intent, it is completely correct to have vigorous debate and disagreement about how this intent might be effected.

Closing the Gap as currently conceived does not have the philosophical and policy rigour to achieve its stated intent. The philosophy and policies falling under the rubric come from the traditionally dominant progressive centre and left of Australian thinking about policy towards the natives, and they are wrong.

It is time to make plain something which Australian liberals have been too long reticent to declare: there is no closing any gap without Adam Smith.

The rest here.

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