The Federal Opposition is concerned that the unexpected suspension of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council [IAC] is yet another example of the chaotic approach the Turnbull Government has towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.
The cessation of the IAC is another example of ongoing uncertainty for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sector, and further proof that the Government isn’t listening to people in communities.
On a day when the ANAO will release its report on the Government’s flawed Indigenous Advancement Strategy, there is a troubling lack of leadership, transparency or accountability from the Turnbull Government.
Now that Malcolm Turnbull has allowed his only source of advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues to lapse, he should focus on dramatically improving the advisory structure that replaces it.
“Any new body cannot be divorced from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community – it must part of the community,” Senator Patrick Dodson said.
“The Government can turn its failings into opportunities. The Prime Minister should reinstate the primacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities so that they are front and centre in Indigenous policy delivery.”
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decision making needs to be returned to communities and their entities. The Government is always preaching the mantra of doing things with us, not to us – but when will they practice what they preach?”
“There is one thing that is for certain – which Senator Dodson and myself will rigorously reiterate – if this government intends to create a new representative body or appoint new board members, it is crucial that there is unequivocal support from within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” Mr Snowdon said.
FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2017