THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon has said today’s non-announcement by the Country Liberals fails to provide any real plan for how the CLP will support the future of homelands.
“All today showed was that the Country Liberals can’t be trusted to deliver for homelands,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Federal Labor acknowledges the profound connection many Aboriginal people have to their traditional lands and strongly support their right to live there.”
“The Labor Party has a long history of supporting homelands – and their development dating back to the to the Land Rights movement of the 1970s.”
Mr Snowdon said the Federal Labor Government was underpinning strong support for homelands with more than $200 million in funding being provided for essential and municipal services over the next ten years.
“That is what is missing from the CLP’s policy. There is no detail, only shifting platitudes.”
“The CLP has previously committed to a $125 million boost in the election campaign – a clear broken promise.”
“The CLP need to do what Federal Labor has done and make a proper funding commitment for Aboriginal people on homelands."
Mr Snowdon accused the CLP of once again short-changing Aboriginal people in the bush.
Previous positions of Country Liberals
Adam Giles says the CLP now supports outstations. But in parliament he has rubbished ‘basket weavers’ of North East Arnhem land and the potential of the outstations-based arts and crafts industry.
In 2008, Alison Anderson said that many remote outstations “are only homes to lizards and birds and the government can’t continue to fund them”.
Dave Tollner in 2011 said, “the fact is most of these remote communities are hellholes…..the only way many of these people have any hope at all is to get into an urbanised environment”.
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