"I mean, there comes a time when these guys have got to do their own heavy lifting," says Scott Morrison. "I don't think it's the Commonwealth's job – and Commonwealth taxpayers' – to pay for the mismanagement of state or territory governments." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Federal government is embarking on a desperate plan to shift responsibility and some of the costs for its failed NT indigenous boarding school program to the Northern Territory government. Warren Snowdon announced that the second hostel for 72 students would be located at the isolated location of Garthalala where there was not even a school for them to go to, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Coalition spokesman for Indigenous Affairs (pictured).
Aboriginal land councils are reportedly asking huge rents for land needed to house public servants in the bush, and providing the very services – education, health and police – the land councils are clamoring for.
Independent MLA Gerry Wood says such land should be under a peppercorn rent. The Alice Springs News Online has learned that on one community police are short staffed, and another one needs more teacher housing, as negotiations with the Central Land Council (CLC) are deadlocked over rents to be charged. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured:Teacher housing in Hermannsburg(top). Chook farmer and Independent MLA Gerry Wood(right).