Involuntary income management 8 implication to the

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Involuntary Income Management 8 implication to the indigenous people by making by condemning thousands of families to endure in poverty. The main objectives of the colonial disciplinary measures were on assimilation and such measures were comprised of numerous regulations whereby, the indigenous inmates were required to obey the rules set by the government. In addition, the indigenous women were defined by the jurisdiction set by the Australian government, which defined how they were supposed to behave. There were also rules to control how the indigenous women would spend their payments. For instance, Nicole Watson explicates that in New South Wales, the indigenous women were subjected to surveillance while spending the government`s payments and were given a list of items that they could purchase, which comprised of medical treatment, clothing, and food (Maddison, 2013, p. 290). The Patriarchal colonial governance pretentious the Indigenous women in superficial ways throughout the 20th century by exposing their families to government control and surveillance, including the forceful separation of children from their parents and consequently creating a phenomenon that was known as the Stolen Generation. Apparently, the concept of motherhood highly depended upon the race of the mother since the indigenous mother was said not be responsible for caring for their siblings. Colonialism continues to impact negatively on the rights of the indigenous women due to racial groups interactions. The NTER describes the Indigenous people as the unworthy and poor who lack effort, ability to resist drugs, ability to remain sober, a sense of morality, and proper money management skills. Some of the problems reported by the indigenous women in respect to income management were that the scheme had little or no effect on what they purchased and that the basic card added cost as well as difficulties in paying for goods and services. In addition, most of the women in income management reported being using more time in managing family finances and also facing difficulties in
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Involuntary Income Management 9 accessing information on the balances of their accounts especially to those residing on the geographically remote areas of Australia. On another note, some women who are in income management scheme claimed that they had begun being stressed because of the challenges in managing a small number of finances that were not or had minimal flexibility. Finally, another woman stated that her skills to manage finance would deteriorate while under income management. In essence, it is evident that income management has done more harm than good by promoting inequality to the residents of a nation (Bielefeld, 2016, p. 850). Income Management was part of the commitment by the government in Australia to reform the welfare system by ensuring that incomes support payments were spent in the best of the interests such as supporting families and children in reducing financial stress. Income
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