I rattled the bars on my prison cage
I’ve the wisdom of hindsight and old age.
I’ve learnt that poor people are better money managers than are poverty experts and welfare counsellors.
I know that poor people spend their money more wisely than governments.
Just look at the Defense Department if you don’t believe me.
I understand that Government paternalism stigmatises, belittles and incapacitates.
I know that the Howard and Rudd Governments’ Intervention in the NT was a gross error of judgement.
Yes, I am wiser than Jenny Macklin, but that wouldn’t be hard – most people are.
Written in 2010 not published.
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