Swifter response needed (letter)by Tom KingNews Weekly
, January 29, 2005
Just how many natural and man-contributed disasters will we as Australians confront before we demand a proactive rather than reactive national response?
The present begging-bowl approach is not desirable for many reasons, primarily because time is of the essence and reaction delays equate to lives forfeited.
When cash is harvested from a generous population, the benefits are discounted by virtue of administrative deductions of questionable justification.
Purchases are made in distant obscure markets, and theft and misdirection are a matter of record.
We must demand of our Government the establishment of an Australian Provident program.
This will ensure that Australian manufacturers are commissioned to deliver the required stocks of food product, clothing, shelter, utensils, preventative medicines, powdered milk and infant food, etc, that will be ready for dispatch immediately
a local or international need is confirmed.
The military has the procedural capacity to manage such a plan.
Perishable products approaching the end of their shelf life can be donated to our own needy, or else consigned to Third World destinations where charitable enterprises have a presence on the ground.
Such a scheme could be funded by an annual levy of $5 or $10 on taxpayers or benefit-recipients.Tom King,