LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – CLP Minister Bess Price was unable to explain her comments calling for changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in [the current] estimates hearing.
Despite calling for changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in a public forum earlier this week Minister Price was unable to answer questions surrounding what changes she sought.
Indigenous Territorians are questioning just what initiatives towards economic advancement are in train, rather than rhetoric devoid of detail that they espouse.
What would be more helpful from Ms Price would be details on jobs, industry development and increased services to the bush.
Ms Price as Minister for Community Services could not provide detail of what her department was doing to provide Indigenous essential services.
Despite being the Minister responsible for Indigenous essential services, Ms Price was responsible for at least a $71 million budget to deliver essential services but could not answer questions about how this money was spent.
How can Territorians have confidence that the CLP Government is getting value for money when their own Ministers appear to be unaware of their own portfolio areas budget responsibilities?
Indigenous Territorians will suffer from a $500 million cut in services from the Federal Government but were offered no comfort from Minister Price as to how this void will be filled.
Where is Ms Price’s plea to the Prime Minister and Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister to stop funding cuts to Indigenous services, as these cuts are sure to be a hindrance to Indigenous development?
Ken Vowles (pictured)
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Policy