Monday, 10 April 2017
The proposal to relocate staff from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to Alice Springs leaves more questions than answers. We have no idea what precisely is being proposed or what positions are proposed to be relocated to Alice Springs. Of course, anything which will bring jobs to
Friday, 07 April 2017
This World Health Day, Labor is thanking the health professionals across the country who make Australia’s health system among the best in the world. World Health Day is a good opportunity to reflect on the strength of our universal health care system in ensuring every Australian has the health care they need. It is
Monday, 03 April 2017
Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon today condemned the Prime Minister and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon for doing a dirty deal over the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts to business, involving the funding of a feasibility study for a gas pipeline from the Territory into South Australia without any thought for the views of the Northern
Sunday, 02 April 2017
Federal Labor welcomes the Interim Report of the Royal commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda have done an outstanding job under difficult circumstances to shine a light on the issues we saw in the Four Corners report on the Don Dale Correction
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Labor condemns the confirmation today that funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander anti-smoking programs has a cut of $8.8 million over the next financial year. The Turnbull government had committed $44 million in the 2015-2016 Budget for 2017-2018 to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme – today’s announcement of $35.2 confirms the cut.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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
Monday, 27 March 2017
The Minister for Defence needs to apologise to Katherine residents and explain why the meetings on PFAS contamination were cancelled last week and when the meetings will be rescheduled. More than 50 households in Katherine rely on bottled water supplied by the Department of Defence after PFAS contamination was detected in local water sources.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
The Labor Party is encouraged by reports today that the Prime Minister might finally overturn his government’s ridiculous opposition to implementing justice targets under the Closing the Gap framework. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has long ignored the calls for justice targets, despite repeated urgings from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and expert bodies.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Territory Labor Federal Members condemned today’s decision by the Commonwealth to slash GST distribution to the Territory by an estimated $2 billion over the next 4 years, based on Northern Territory Treasury estimates. These cuts have the potential to severely impact the Territory’s capacity to provide essential services to Territorians, at a time when
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Labor has called for a Senate inquiry into the fraught Community Development Program, with the support of the Greens. Communities across the Northern Territory and Western Australia have consistently told us that this system leaves people in more debt, without food to feed their families, in rental arrears and feeling hopeless, struggling with an