The 2016 Budget leaves the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector with absolutely no certainty. Tuesday nights Budget confirmed the Turnbull Government is not genuinely committed to closing the gap.
There is an evident $87 million cut from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health budget over the four-year period to 2019-2020, Ms King said.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are all but forgotten in Turnbulls Budget.
It is apparent from this Budget that the Turnbull Government has no intention in actually driving long-term health improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Budget gave no detail on the future funding allocation of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.
At the October 2015 launch of the Implementation Plan Minister Nash promised the government would invest:
$3.3 billion over four years to support the continued delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly through Aboriginal community controlled health organizations.
Zero detail was outlined on the allocation of funding, yet again Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organizations are left in the dark, Mr Neumann said.
The government announces on Sunday they have restored $10 million dollars into the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program by investing in new advertising materials, but come Tuesday night the Turnbull Government fails to restore any of the original $130 million they cut from the Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme in the shambolic 2014-2015 Budget.
The advertising campaign will have no substantial impact without the sustained funding of on the ground efforts, this government is delusional if they think a couple of advertisements will close the gap, Mr Snowdon said.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment in Turnbulls Budget was the absent instalment of funding into the National Partnership Agreement on improving trachoma control services for Indigenous Australians, with no funding allocated after the 2016-2107 financial year. This is despite the Turnbull Governments commitment in March to the reduction of avoidable blindness of Indigenous people.
Labor has committed an additional $9.5million to close the gap in vision loss and eliminate trachoma.
It is clear from this Budget; the Turnbull Government is not prioritising the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
THURSDAY, 5 MAY 2016
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