Where I take issue is in the comments of Bob Taddeo, director of policy and Aboriginal services at the Department of the Attorney-General, who delivered a keynote address at the end of the AAU pilot project, called Justice Reinvestment.
I noted that while Mr Taddeo was free in what he had to say, I regret that he did not provide any credible evidence that would have substantiated his claims.
Further, I especially noted his statement that ‘the settlement of new arrivals in WA was always challenging because with migration came issues such as housing, jobs, education, training and health’.
One feels compelled to ask, given the issues of housing, jobs, education, training and health, why are Balga, Westminster, Nollamara and adjoining suburbs allocated a disproportionate number of these new migrants?
Indeed, I put the proposition that the challenges in regard to housing, jobs, education, training and health for our new African immigrants could have been minimised by arranging for an even spread of the African migrants across most Perth suburbs.
Or is it that Balga, Westminster, Nollamara and adjoining suburbs were selected from the outset for the African arrivals, with no thought for the impact, or issues, confronting those who reside in those suburbs, or upon the African migrants either?
Also the impact on those suburbs, in that the failure to deliver the necessary supporting infrastructure for the migrants has exacerbated the housing, jobs, education, training and health issues for both the established residents and the new arrivals in those suburbs.