09.05.18 TURNBULL’S SAVAGE CUTS TO REMOTE INDIGENOUS HOUSING

TURNBULL’S SAVAGE CUTS TO REMOTE INDIGENOUS HOUSING

Malcolm Turnbull’s third budget slashes $1.5 billion in support for remote Indigenous housing and employment over the next four years.

Once again, Malcolm Turnbull has shown he has no interest in Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

First Nations deserve better. They deserve their rights.

Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have all had their funding slashed under the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing.

This will lead to more overcrowding in Indigenous communities that are already horribly overcrowded.

It will also lead to hundreds of job losses, including for Indigenous apprentices.

Housing is critical to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. People living in overcrowded housing are more likely to suffer from health issues later in life.

For ten years, the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing has supported the construction and refurbishment of housing in remote communities around Australia. 

But Malcolm Turnbull has turned his back on remote communities.

Cutting funding to remote housing shows how little interest Malcolm Turnbull has in improving the lives of First Australians.

The Government has done nothing to reverse the $500 million cuts it made to the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio in 2014.

Under Malcolm Turnbull, Indigenous Affairs has been neglected, and the Close the Gap Strategy has been left to languish.

Malcolm Turnbull is more interested in giving an $80 billion to banks and big business than he is in Closing the Gap.

His priorities are all wrong.

WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018

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