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Report: Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory

This quite interesting  report interviews women from Australia’s Northern Territory about “Income Management” or ‘income quarantining’ since the NTER (Northern Territory Emergency Response). Here is a very short undated excerpt from an Australian government site explaining the quarantining (if you click the link you will find more claims about the rationale, etc):

Income management has been a critical aspect of the response, designed to establish a safe and healthy environment for children. By redirecting 50 per cent of a person’s payments to housing, utilities and food, the amount of excess cash flow, which can often fuel abusive behavior such as substance and alcohol abuse, is reduced.

Half of all income-support and family-assistance payments are income managed so that the money can be directed towards food, school nutrition, rent and other priority items. One hundred per cent of advance payments, lump sum payments, Baby Bonus installments and payments under the Government’s stimulus packages are income managed.

Funds that are income managed cannot be used to purchase excluded goods such as alcohol, tobacco, pornography or gambling products. These provisions affect all people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) who live in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory and who receive welfare payments.

Hmm.  Protection for children, excess money leads to abuse – they are hitting some high points there. Income managed funds are funneled through a cash card called a BasicsCard that can only be used in certain stores – the Government says, stores which sell priority items, although the women in the study seem to agree that many places selling priority items (food, clothing) are excluded.

The report is a mix of qualitative and quantitative work, written by the Equality Rights Alliance, comprised of more than 50 women’s rights organizations.  It describes women’s actual experiences with quarantining, setting the stage for further research, and policy reform (although the report explicitly stays away from calling for specific reforms).  It is, let us say, not very positive about quarantining.  There are really interesting questions raised about who exactly is the beneficiary of these new rules and about the ability of bureaucracies to implement this kind of program in a way which secures the intended benefits without causing other harm.

Connections

When Sarah Keenan was here, she spoke about some aspects of the NTER, so this Report may be of interest to those who heard her speak.

The Report also shares a methodology with reports like my colleague Janet Mosher’s 2004 report, Walking on Eggshells:  Abused women’s experiences of Ontario’s Welfare System.

Show us the money: Panel Discussion on Gender and Race Stratification in the Ontario Legal Profession

Monday January 24, 2011 12:30 – 2

I’ve blogged about Dr. Michael Ornstein’s report for the Law Society of Upper Canada before, first here then here and a tiny reference here. Now we’ll get a chance to hear from him about the process and methods behind the report and from a roundtable of experts about his findings.

Join us Monday January 24, 1230 in Osgoode Hall 104 for this roundtable discussion.  You can access the report here..

Show Us the Money

A Panel Discussion on the Ornstein Report

Race and Gender Stratification in the Ontario Legal Profession

Monday January 24, 2011 12:30 – 2

Osgoode Hall Law School 104

with

Josée Bouchard, Equity Advisor, LSUC

Dr. Michael Ornstein, Institute for Social Research

Roger Rowe, Barrister and Solicitor

Beth Symes, Partner, Symes & Street

presented by

Office of the Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations) & the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies

PDF event poster here.

In a related event, Osgoode’s West Indian Law Students Association & Osgoode’s Black Law Students Association have come together to present

January 17, 2011 Osgoode Hall 104    1-3pm

Equity and Diversity Distinguished Speaker Series at Osgoode
Frank Walwyn, LLB  of WeirFoulds LLP

Frank Walwyn LLP is a partner in litigation at Weir Foulds LLP.

Mr Walwyn will discuss his practice in the Caribbean and the outlook for legal professionals in the region. Town hall style forum will follow