Mutual obligation was a political buzz-word during Prime Minister Howard’s leadership from 1996-2007. Let me be frank, when we are talking about mutual obligation, the political definition of the term describes it as such: ‘Mutual Obligation is based on a concept that welfare assistance provided, should involve some return responsibilities for the recipient’. Continue reading “Another Hurdle I Must Get Over”
Today I received an email, part of which is copied below:
PDA needs your help!
Last year the Department of Social Services (DSS) decided to fund only population based organisations to provide consultation and advocacy services. This meant organisations like PDA that have memberships based on types of disability received no money to represent you and your specific needs in government consultation processes and disability sector forums.
This year, there is even less money available!
Without a boost to the funding available to disability representative organisations, PDA and its partners in the Disability Australia National Peaks Consortium are likely to go out of business.
‘It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves. Not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.’
This is a quote from Adam Smith, from Wealth of Nations. Smith uses self-interest with self-love, but neoliberals use self-interest with selfishness.
This is from the Yooralla NDIS forum I attended last week. My own question is included as well.
Are all humans told they must live their lives in the same way? Then what about those humans with severe physical disabilities who are unable to control their own lives, with the dignity of purpose and determination? The different abilities of those in group homes, like mine, that cannot be standardised, but for some ridiculous purpose, usually neoliberal, are. For example this gives me a certain loss of control, which is to make me feel punished. Continue reading “A Certain Loss of Control, That is to Make Me Feel Punished.”
This short statement gives a general understanding of the predicaments that led to my hunger strike: Continue reading “My Predicament and a Possible Solution”