What methodology does Daily Telegraph journalist Luke MvIlveen use? Who knows.
In today’s DT, McIlveen manages to find a non-Lebanese Australian mum with 2 seriously disabled children who has been waiting two years for “priority” public housing. The point being?
McIlveen contrasts the situation of this unfortunate woman to what he describes as
Lebanese Australians evacuated from the Middle East came home
to a welfare smorgasbord.
McIlveen repeats his claims in today’s story.
The Daily Telegraph yesterday exclusively revealed details
of a taxpayer-funded seminar at Rockdale, where senior bureaucrats told Lebanese
Australians how to maximise their welfare payments.
In fact, according to a senior member of the Australian Lebanese community who I spoke with, the seminar was NOT for Lebanese Australians in general. Rather, it was a networking program for government departments and welfare workers funded under government grants. It was not an open invitation for Lebanese community members in general.
Further, the three women photographed and described in yesterday’s article as ordinary members of the Lebanese community were in fact THREE WELFARE WORKERS. One was from the Melkite Church welfare agency, the remaining two from Shia Muslim organisations. All are employed pursuant to heavily regulated government grants.
But will McIlveen and his paper tell the truth about what the event was really about? I won’t be holding my breath.
And it isn’t just one rogue reporter in on the game. Today’s DT Editorial continues with the apparent lie. It claims that this networking seminar among workers was in fact something different.
Earlier this week, a NSW Government-sponsored "forum'' spelled out to a
group of around 60 Australians rescued from Lebanon the welfare benefits -
public housing, Centrelink, welfare support services and so on - to which
they might be entitled.
Even intelligent and respectable broadsheets can get things wrong. The DT owes it to its readers to clarify and tell the truth.
© Irfan Yusuf 2006