Scott Morrison must honour his promise to remote Territorians and immediately deliver on his commitment to fund remote housing.
It has been nearly a year since the Commonwealth agreed to provide $550 million to remote housing in the NT, yet not a dollar of that funding has been delivered.
This is just not good enough.
Instead of providing this much needed funding to tackle overcrowding, Nigel Scullion has been playing politics. This issue is too important for that.
The Prime Minister must intervene and sit down with the NT Government – and relevant Indigenous organisations – to secure immediate agreement to resolve this standoff.
Indigenous people living in remote communities suffer from terrible overcrowding. Every cent of this money is needed to tackle this issue. It should not be used as a political football.
Labor is committed to working with the NT Government and Indigenous organisations to tackle overcrowding in remote communities. That’s why the previous Labor Government delivered record funding over ten years to the NPARIH.
Scott Morrison and Nigel Scullion should deliver on the government’s promise and ensure housing construction and repairs can commence immediately.
If he can’t deliver, Federal Labor will work quickly after to the election to get this resolved. First Nations people in remote Australia don’t deserve to live in overcrowded houses simply because this government cares more about politics than delivering for remote Territorians.