Indigenous Australians: The right to succeed and to fail

Jack Wilkie-Jans (4)Jack Wilkie-Jans argues that local communities and councils, not Canberra, should direct and implement policies in their own areas to provide the best outcomes for indigenous Australians:

It’s an unpopular belief among the staunch left but Aboriginal people have the right to both fail as well as to succeed, the same as any other person living in Australia. The welfare/payment/spending monitoring cards as encouraged by Andrew Forrest’s recent report into Indigenous Australians are, in my view, a step towards paternalism, a step away from individual liberty and hence it ignores Aboriginal peoples’, such as myself, the right to fail, which ignores our right to grow and therefor inhibits our right to succeed.
Paternalism has crippled rural and remote places (places with a higher Indigenous population) such as Cape York Peninsula. It is the easy way out in the guise of doing something while being “caring”. It’s easy to say we’ll wean people off of welfare but a lot harder to ensure there’s something sustainable and rewarding for them to move on to i.e. real jobs and training opportunities in their home regions. The latter of which requires some serious investment and expenditure of energy in rural Australia- something I hope the Federal Government’s Green and White papers on Northern Australia and development can result in.
Outback Australia still has a lot to give, the economy in the city centres like Cairns in Far North Queensland revolves a lot around retail whereas the bush has the opportunity to provide for food & farming and tourism (eco, cultural etc.) not just resources. These are industries, old (like cattle) and some which would be new (such as expansive agriculture), which could benefit all Australians. By looking at the unemployment rates in such places there is clearly an ample work force at the ready in spite of a lack of rural based training providers, there just aren’t the jobs. Wouldn’t this be a more ideal direction to move towards than a here-and-now approach of welfare payment micro-managing?