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The Liberals and The Rotten Culture of Power that is Labor’s FamiliesSA

Posted on: December 31, 2009


The Leader of the State Opposition has now waded into the “rotten culture of power” that is FamiliesSA on the Liberal’s website. To gain a better explanation of why the Report to Parliament exposed this rotten Department it is necessary to understand why it is so.

Firstly, it is well known, that many in positions of power take up such positions, not because of a noble purpose or “someone has to do it” but because it is seen as the pinnacle of a neurotic need to exercise power over others. Clear indications of insecurity and fear of the loss of control and thereby credibility. These people are indeed, frightened and insecure and very lonely.

Their quite awful sense of vulnerability is a disease of the psyche, marked by a dark smouldering misery that is treated with more doses of power that manifests itself in anger clouding the sense, rough indecisions, a comfort zone of a larger staff to take the heat and lots of Darjeeling. The telephone directory listing for FamiliesSA explains a great deal.

Why have over 2000 children been removed and split up into State care with such an appalling record of abuse and damage while in such care? If this be a question, part of the 2500, that remain unanswered in the Parliament, then it is clear why it is ignored.

I will never forget the Minister’s response to the death of the little boy from neglect of drug addict parents while under the watch of FamiliesSA or the children separated on Xmas Eve while the Minister, on 3 months holiday on full pay “examines the paperwork”.

“Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it” ( Plato)

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4 Responses to "The Liberals and The Rotten Culture of Power that is Labor’s FamiliesSA"

Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679, had a deeply pessimistic view of human nature.

He originated the social construct theory of the state of nature.

Hobbes argued that the power of any sovereign has to be absolute; it is only this which guarantees protection against the horrors of the sate of nature.

State of Nature:

“An imaginary situation characterized by the absence of both government and the varieties of social constraint that are typical of extant societies”. (Thomas Hobbes)

I think Families SA have an enormous task and I’m sure many of the social workers do the best they can in extreme and difficult situations.

I have often resorted to using the child abuse reporting line services in the appropriate geographical location of the at risk child, the social workers on call are always professional, intensely interested in the child’s welfare, triaging the most urgent and higher order of needs of an at risk child.

I think it is always too easy to criticize any service’s evaluation, action, or inaction, especially if we personalize an issue by one bad experience, or by what we have read in the media.

I have read a copy of the Report to Parliament which has no reflection on the case workers, quite the opposite and could hardly be “the media”. My current post is an echo of support to the Leader of the Opposition for what use it may or may not be. The enormous task is one that requires appropriate leadership by caring professionals dedicated to the task chosen from the ranks.. There are over 2000 reasons to do so instead of personal appointments.. To make the comment to decline a request to disclose the identity and purpose of the Ministerial staff. because of safety concerns is indeed bizarre and quite incredible. Cheers and a Happy New Year , Ebony

It is not limited to the Liberals. The current State Government has a lot to answer for concerning me and my family.

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  • Linda: It is not limited to the Liberals. The current State Government has a lot to answer for concerning me and my family.
  • Ahmad Hewes: I loved your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...
  • pointofviewsa: Sorry Mr. Mc. Been out of action with an aneurysm repair - not recommended for anyone who likes to be busy and my post op advice is to not consider ri