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Friday, March 23 2012

Abuses of Power – Bullying and Retribution

These terms describe the actions of the big-two supermarkets against their suppliers.

These terms also describe the actions of government departments against people with a disability, their families and non-government service providers.

Suppliers to the big-two supermarkets get ‘pushed off the cliff’ if the do not ‘assume the position’ – cooperate with the big-two. Sign the contract and stay in the 'cone of silence', or get pushed off the cliff!

People with a disability, their families and non-government service providers are treated in a similar way by government human service departments.

Non-government service providers fear sidelining and funding restrictions if they do not ‘assume the position’ – work-with and never- question.

People with a disability and their families fear intimidation, Families fear intimidation of themselves, but mostly of their vulnerable family member behind the closed doors of a government service

The toothless efforts of the ACCC, and the two Senate enquiries have achieved little in redressing the problem food supplies face from the big two supermarkets.

People with a disability, their families and non-government service providers have similar toothless tigers in the Ombudsman, the Disability Services Commissioner, the Office of the Public Advocate, the Health Services Commissioner, VCAT and the government of the day.

The general public have a real, day to day, personal interest in food, so there is potential to motivate the ACCC to take action against the practices of the big-two supermarkets.

There is little public interest in a similar abuse of power by government human service departments against people with a disability, their families and non-government service providers.

No one cares! The media gives little coverage to the questionable actions of government departments who hold the purse strings over people with a disability, their families and non-government service providers.

The Productivity Commission addressed this problem with the NDIS funding intended to be in the pocket of the consumer, but the NDIS is looking less and less likely to occur in a way which will eliminate, for all, the present captive market, no choice, services for people with a disability and their families.

Posted by: Hatton AT 05:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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