THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
A boarding facility at Garrthalala School in Arnhem Land will go ahead with Federal Government support, despite claims to the contrary by the Country Liberal Party.
Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has criticised the CLP for telling more untruths about Federal Government support for the boarding facility in the Gove region.
“The CLP Government in the Northern Territory has created uncertainty around the Garrthalala boarding facility and are now trying to shift the blame away from itself. The Federal Government struck an in-principle agreement with the former Territory Government for the development of the boarding facility,” he said
In answer to questions about the Garrthalala facility, Chief Minister Adam Giles tried to claim the Federal Government had pulled out of the project.
“In fact, it was the new CLP Government which dumped the agreement, walking out on the students and families of Gove. It is totally astounding that the CLP would try to rewrite history like this. Mr Giles is being totally deceitful, spreading lies about Federal Labor Government and the Garrthalala boarding school.
In 2008 the Federal Government announced a funding contribution of $28.9 million for three new boarding facilities in the Northern Territory to provide education support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students. The Indigenous Land Corporation has also committed a contribution of $15 million bring the joint investment to $43.9 million.
Sites for the three facilities were decided after comprehensive consultation with Territory families and residents. The first facility at Wadeye has been completed and is operational. Garrthalala is the second and is strongly supported by local parents.
"The Federal Government is unwavering in its commitment to provide additional accommodation at Garrthalala and will deliver the facility as soon as possible.
"Claiming that the Federal Government has pulled out is a base lie.
“The claims by the CLP further show the Country Liberals can’t be trusted to deliver for homelands and they are all too willing to deceive Territorians when it comes to owning up to their responsibilities,” Mr Snowdon said.
“I call on the Chief Minister and the Northern Territory Education Minister to work with the Federal Labor Government and Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett, to make sure the community and homelands across the region get the facility they want.
The Federal Government has committed $583 million towards education in the Territory, as part of the Stronger Futures Northern Territory National Partnership.
Mr Snowdon said the CLP is short-changing Aboriginal people in the bush and in particular those young people who depend on boarding schools to access education.
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