A safety and wellbeing expert has criticised the government’s decision last night to require mandatory time-management for new owners.
Key points:The proposed time management is an important safety measure in the wake of the tragedy at the Newtown schoolA safety expert says the scheme will only work if residents are fully aware of what time they need to be upThe NSW Government has said it will not introduce a compulsory time management plan in the first year of the schemeThe new scheme will involve a time limit for the use of mobile phones and the use and access of the internet, and requires a minimum of 10 minutes for all visitors.
The new time management will apply to the use, access and use of electronic devices, as well as any devices used to communicate with other residents, including smart phones, tablets and other portable devices.
“Time management is one of the key elements of safe and responsible home ownership, particularly for people with mental health problems and people with disabilities,” the National Council for the Family’s Chief Executive, Kate Morgan, said.
“This new scheme requires people to fully understand the time they have to spend, and then have the appropriate resources available for them to do so.”
She said the scheme would only work “if residents are truly fully aware” of what they have got to do, and the right time to do it.
“If they are not fully aware, then they can get the wrong idea about what time is appropriate for them,” she said.
Ms Morgan said the NSW government’s proposal was based on a faulty understanding of the nature of people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, and that it would not help people with these issues.
“The proposed changes will not help anyone with learning or mental health conditions and will not improve the safety and welfare of anyone in NSW,” she wrote.
“In fact, they will increase the risk of harm to people with those conditions and disabilities.”
Instead, they would only help to increase the number of people who have mental health and learning difficulties.
“Ms Morgan added that the NSW Labor government’s previous time management plans “made no effort whatsoever to ensure the use was appropriate”.”
The proposal is the same as the ones proposed in the past, and they do not help to improve the way in which people with serious mental health or learning disabilities live their lives,” she added.”
There is no justification for this proposal in terms of reducing the risks of harm.”‘
That is not a requirement for all new home users. “
The NSW Labor Government’s proposed new time and time management system requires that all new homes be fully equipped with time-tracking devices in the new homes’ main rooms and bedrooms,” she stated.
“That is not a requirement for all new home users.
This requirement is the result of the NSW Coalition Government’s previous proposal to require all new dwellings to have a time-and-a-half or time-memory-based system.”
As we’ve seen with the proposed NSW Government time management, the Government has not been able to get the required number of homes to meet that requirement, despite the fact that the new system will be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to use technology.
“So the proposal does not achieve its intended purpose.
It will only make things worse, as people who use technology are less likely to take appropriate steps to ensure their time is correctly managed.”
Ms Tracey said the proposed time-monitoring system was a “dangerous” move for NSW and the whole nation.
“We don’t need this kind of thing in NSW, and it’s just going to make the situation worse,” she told ABC News Breakfast.
“It is going to cause a lot of stress, because you will have a lot more people who will be less aware of their time.”
I just think it’s a big, big mistake, a big waste of money.
“The New South Wales Government’s new time-control scheme has faced significant criticism in the media and online, and has sparked controversy from experts, and former Premier Mike Baird.
The Opposition has called for the NSW Opposition to be investigated over the proposed new scheme, and Ms Tracey has called on the Opposition to “do its job”.”
We are a very independent government and the Opposition must be very careful not to put themselves in the position of being put in a position of taking on the State Government and say they need a review into their time management and the way that they implement it,” she commented.”
They have a role to play and it is a role they have done well in the last two weeks.
“But we are not going to let them get away with this kind a waste of taxpayer money.”