Non-Government Welfare Organisations
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Where we're heading is towards some form of centrally planned change. Whether voluntary agencies want or like it or not, more comprehensive, and more authoritative planning is the name of the game. Agencies are in a position to have a fairly solid input to centrally planned change. If the agencies don't take up the challenge government will proceed regardless. By centrally planned change we mean public efforts that are broad in scope, deal with the entire community, and assign control and authority over resources to certain public structures to achieve the stated goals. We're talking here about a developmental process with redistributive effects. Who, we must ask, is to select the goals, formulate relevant policies and plan for and effect the means of implementation? Who is to evaluate this process and point out the strengths and weaknesses? To leave it all to government is a grave error of judgement.
Speech given in October 1975 to the South Australian Council of Social Services. Delivered by Adam Graycar, School of Social Sciences, Flinders University.