Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Today’s release of the ninth Closing the Gap report is a sobering reminder that we have so much more to do before we achieve true equality for our First Australians. This day is about celebrating successes but also acknowledging failings. It’s a time for truth-telling, for accountability and for striving to do better.
Thursday, 09 February 2017
Labor welcomes the appointment of the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO. Ms Oscar is a remarkable woman and a strong leader, who will bring immense credibility to this important national role within Australia’s statutory human rights framework. As the first woman appointed to this role, Ms
Wednesday, 08 February 2017
The Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has used the first day of parliament for 2017 to call on the ABC and the Turnbull Government to reinstate the critical shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory. Last night during an adjournment speech he reiterated his absolute disbelief with the ABC management. “The decision by the
Friday, 03 February 2017
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
Friday, 03 February 2017
The Australian National Audit Office report into the Government’s botched Indigenous Advancement Strategy is a shameful indictment on the Abbott and Turnbull governments. The Indigenous Advancement Strategy has been a total disaster from the very beginning. Not only did the Government rip more than $500 million from the Indigenous Affairs budget, the entire process has
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
The decision by the ABC to cease operation of the shortwave services in the Northern Territory today is now proven to be callous, irresponsible and ill-informed. It is callous because it was taken pre-emptively without any knowledge or apparent understanding of the impact of the decision on some of its most reliant and loyal audience.
Thursday, 19 January 2017
With just over a week until the Northern Territory is due to lose its vital shortwave radio service, Indigenous Affairs Minister and Country Liberal Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion made his first, limp protest. Labor has been campaigning on this issue ever since the ABC announced its decision in mid-December, and has had
Thursday, 05 January 2017
It is now clear that the ABC and Turnbull Government don’t care about people in the bush. “By refusing to change or defer the decision to terminate its shortwave radio transmission service in the Northern Territory at the end of January, the ABC is disregarding the pleas of those Territorians who rely on the