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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    Sorry to derail further, but where are these communities? I'm well aware of this issues in remote communities, but I'm not sure about this statement.
    I've been to many aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and my husband and uncle have worked in them. Remote communities here are not without power and water. How they are portrayed is far from the truth. The houses in the communities are in good condition to begin with but they are not maintained/looked after. So much money is poored into these communities to fix the houses etc. Many indigenous choose to sleep outside on mattresses rather than inside. It's a sad reality but it's how they choose to live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    Sorry to derail further, but where are these communities? I'm well aware of this issues in remote communities, but I'm not sure about this statement.
    There are many remote communities around. I worked in an aboriginal community on the border of the NSW outback. It was isolated but not far from Victorian border so it wasn't as remote as other communities around the area. The houses were made out of dirt with corrugated iron roofs. No air conditioning, lots of dust so many health problems. No electricity or street lights.

    I suggest you watch utopia. It's a real eye opener.

    http://theconversation.com/review-pi...-in-2014-21965

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    I've been to many aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and my husband and uncle have worked in them. Remote communities here are not without power and water. How they are portrayed is far from the truth. The houses in the communities are in good condition to begin with but they are not maintained/looked after. So much money is poored into these communities to fix the houses etc. Many indigenous choose to sleep outside on mattresses rather than inside. It's a sad reality but it's how they choose to live.
    Aboriginal people in the Kimberly were forcibly removed from their land, you know the land they lived on that they didn't need housing for etc. then they got forcibly removed and plonked into missions. Then they get told to live in a house, which is a completely foreign concept to them.

    Here is an article that discusses the living conditions of aboriginal people in the Kimberley.

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/12/17/...s-communities/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    There are many remote communities around. I worked in an aboriginal community on the border of the NSW outback. It was isolated but not far from Victorian border so it wasn't as remote as other communities around the area. The houses were made out of dirt with corrugated iron roofs. No air conditioning, lots of dust so many health problems. No electricity or street lights.

    I suggest you watch utopia. It's a real eye opener.

    http://theconversation.com/review-pi...-in-2014-21965
    Thanks, but I have worked in nearly every remote indigenous community in Queensland and grew up in a large indigenous community in NSW. My husband currently works in the Torres Strait.

    I sometimes think that Utopia is a biography of my life and the work I do.

    My point was merely that all the communities I know of have water and electricity (I know this because I helped design a lot of it).

    I know there are plenty of issues in the communities and I see it often. I too am passionate about these communities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    Thanks, but I have worked in nearly every remote indigenous community in Queensland and grew up in a large indigenous community in NSW. My husband currently works in the Torres Strait.

    I sometimes think that Utopia is a biography of my life and the work I do.

    My point was merely that all the communities I know of have water and electricity (I know this because I helped design a lot of it).

    I know there are plenty of issues in the communities and I see it often. I too am passionate about these communities.
    That's great, still a long way from equality, though, hey

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    That's great, still a long way from equality, though, hey
    It's a very long way from equal (and I've never suggested anything else). However if we are serious about closing the gap we need to start looking at the real issues. I just find looking at issues about infrastructure (and housing) usually miss the point. The real issues are much more complex and the perceived infrastructure issues are just a distraction.

    Anyway a complete tangent from the thread.

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    Wow. I just went though some stuff trying to do a budget. We pay $20,000 a year for all insurances, rates and utilities. OMFG. No wonder we don't save anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Wow. I just went though some stuff trying to do a budget. We pay $20,000 a year for all insurances, rates and utilities. OMFG. No wonder we don't save anything.
    When I looked at my figures it was a real eye opener

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Wow. I just went though some stuff trying to do a budget. We pay $20,000 a year for all insurances, rates and utilities. OMFG. No wonder we don't save anything.
    With bills such as insurance & electricity, it's really beneficial to shop around, get quotes from a few different providers & ask your current provider to beat the quote. Lots of people have every type of health, life, income protection, funeral insurance under the sun - it's quite a personal choice which insurance you feel you need. We only have home & contents & cars insured - no PHI, & life insurance only through our super. Council rates vary so much according to location. We pay $2600/year for council rates. I always find ways to cut expenses out of our budget when I need to, but I always have things I will be happy to compromise/let go (such as PHI), & some things I will not compromise on,because they are too important (such as private school fees). Different for everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    With bills such as insurance & electricity, it's really beneficial to shop around, get quotes from a few different providers & ask your current provider to beat the quote. Lots of people have every type of health, life, income protection, funeral insurance under the sun - it's quite a personal choice which insurance you feel you need. We only have home & contents & cars insured - no PHI, & life insurance only through our super. Council rates vary so much according to location. We pay $2600/year for council rates. I always find ways to cut expenses out of our budget when I need to, but I always have things I will be happy to compromise/let go (such as PHI), & some things I will not compromise on,because they are too important (such as private school fees). Different for everyone!
    That is the bare minimum for us unfortunately. No cutting left Basic hospital cover for PHI as it's cheaper than the Medicare level surcharge. No income protection insurance. No life insurance.

    Oh and when I say utilities that's just for the council charges! Doesn't even include gas and electricity, which would be another $2,000. Sorry I'm ranting.


 

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