Submission to Senate Community Affairs Committee re: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills

The Society has consistently opposed compulsory income management and punitive welfare policy that pathologises people in poverty and fails to take into account the complexity of their lives. Top down imposition of measures such as compulsory income management and SEAM are not only fundamentally antithetical to our mission and vision, but also antithetical to the Australian Governments’ commitment to “resetting the relationship’’ with Aboriginal Australians.

This pursuit of SEAM and compulsory income management also contradicts the Australian Governments’ own Social Inclusion principles, namely the principle of evidence based and strengths based approaches to policy and program development.