Providing Certainty, Safety and Accountability in Legislation for the People: Monitoring Legislation for Care of the Aged, Children and the Workplace
You can have very good policies developed to help segments of the population to enact welfare for them. This is good in theory and reads well. It sounds caring and compassionate on paper but in practice these well intentioned acts do not always translate on the ground. Why is that? Help Centres, phone numbers and email contacts are provided for complaints to make sure the policies work so why are they so inefficient?
The only way to ensure complete success is to supply a monitoring service embedded in the wording of the legisation. Close monitoring of social welfare programs via regular inspections would require extra funding for employment of Inspectors. This is not a luxury but a necessity if abuses in the system are to be avoided. In the long term it is cheaper than instigating a Royal Commission Inquiry into corrupt practices by an industry providing social welfare or employment.
Then there is the human cost of suffering when abuses in the system occur and go unnoticed sometimes for years as is the case for unreported abuses of the aged, children and the disabled. Vulnerable people should never be placed in those situations where their rights, dignity and respect are trampled upon.
Monitoring of programs and workplaces, although requiring government funding, would supply jobs and create employment in the wider community as spending power is increased by these initiatives.
Preventing and removing abuses and corruption should be made a priority in the mindset of the government of the day in order to prevent human rights abuses in a relatively wealthy economy and developed country like Australia