No, not an actual snowy scheme where WW2 migrants are herded into dark tunnels where OH&S is largely absent, but a metaphorical snowy scheme to help repair Australia.
We are swimming in fucking cash. Thanks to the mining boom, corporate tax is giving us buckets o money. And what are we doing with it? Well apart from being bribed by the Howard government, we're getting it back in dribs and drabs so we can presumably re-invest it via Bunnings and knick-knackeries to do up our McMansions.
Here's an idea.
Let's fix the country.
Let's come up with a plan where we harness all of government and society and business to give indigenous Australians the absolute best possible chance to succeed in life. They say throwing money at a problem doen't help. It doesn't. Targeting the money for a best possible result does.
So housing is a problem in Aboriginal Australia? Overcrowding, no facilities? Let's teach them to build their own houses. Give them the skill sets to create their infrastructure, maintain it. Offer trade qualifications by teachers trained in their language. Train them to be teachers. Give them maximum resources to not simply wallow in a retarded swamp of no housing, poor health, no education, and where drip fed welfare encourages a life of being blasted drunk because that's all they know. That is of course a gross simplification of the existence of many Aboriginal communities. Many are not like that. Most have dedicated people working to better their communities. But they don't have the resources to do it. Let's give it to them and not be begrudging about it, nor provide fodder for fuckwit media who like nothing more than showing a grubby looking Koori kid jerrycanning on with petrol.
And let's fix the corrections system. Gone should be the idea that people are locked away as punishment. Though this sounds dangerously communist, lets make the re-education centres. Let's make it so they are trained in trades, educated and, importantly, given maximum possible assistance when they get out instead of $50 and a room in a half way house for three weeks. There's a reason why prisoners re-offend. It's because there's nothing out here unless they have their own support network to support them.
Let's have resources for mental health and to support those people who have to look after disabled loved ones with plenty of respite.
All of this costs money. And the returns are not instant. They are five years, ten years, twenty years in the future. But if Macquarie Bank can look 50 years into the future and say 'yes, that toll road is for us' then surely we can look at the most dispossessed elements in Australian society and say 'if we fix it now, then in 50 years this will be just a bad memory of a time when government focussed more on power retention than actual fucking governing.'
That's my 0.02.