"Mr Howard also announced an $8 million fund to help the Beaconsfield community adjust to any closure of the mine, and a $1 million education scholarship in honour of the dead miner Mr Knight."
Well, I will bite on this one.
As admirable as this is donating a $1million scholarship in honour of the dead miner, what about donating an equal amount to better transport of shipping and boating through the Torres Straits in Far North Queensland?
The men and children who were rescued after a massive 22 days at sea, hve not been paid one cent (nor do they want it either, they aren't money hungry or out to profit from their rescue)but I am sure that some sort of better boating trasport would be of enormous value to the whole Islander community.
The islands are often up to 70-90kms apart, and it usually blows like woop up there; so high, rough seas are the norm between islands. Recently too, another boat capsized and several people drowned, and that boat was not only brand new, but a Customs Boat, and official government boat. (and badly designed, obviously)
The conditions in which these stoic people live in, is mind-boggling, no way we would put up with such primitve and dangerous transport. It needs some sort of inter-island ferry, a stable craft capable of transporting the population safely and in comfort.
A million dollars would go a long way to helping these isloated communties.
Oh, and one more thing. Why isn't it happening? Because they are black.