Labor and the Greens have moved in the Senate that the government make the final promised payment of $10 million to the MJD Foundation, which will allow them to continue doing their good work supporting the people and their families living with MJD.
This motion came after Indigenous Affairs Minister previously sought to block the delivery of the previously promised funding from the Aboriginal Benefit Fund, precipitating a lengthy legal battle.
The motion called on the government to provide the $10 million, as well as a $500,000 payment to allow the Foundation to continue operating in the interim.
Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) is a cruel neurodegenerative condition disease affecting Indigenous families across the Territory and Cape York. It has devastating impacts on those it affects. Symptoms generally do not appear until later in life, but sufferers then rapidly deteriorate.
The government should stop wasting time and money denying much needed funds to the MJD Foundation and give them the funds they need.