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Senator Nigel Scullion

17 hours 12 minutes ago

The Coalition Government is supporting job seekers in remote Australia with our reforms to the Community Development Program (CDP).
I was in Galiwinku today to make this announcement about changes to Australia’s remote employment and community development service which will be rolled out from March this year to facilitate greater employment outcomes for remote job seekers.
The first phase one of the reforms include increasing flexibility for job seekers to complete their mutual obligation requirements, reducing participation hours to up to 20 hours per week, changing the provider payment model to incentivise greater engagement and job outcomes, establishing a capital investment fund and building community engagement.
These reforms will build on the success achieved to date - lifting participation from 7 per cent under Labor’s program to 74 per cent today and delivering over 29,000 jobs. #CDPsuccess #indigenous

Senator Nigel Scullion

1 day 17 hours ago

It was great to meet with CDP job seekers in Gunbalanya today. It's so positive to continue seeing strong engagement in the community, and the pride that job seekers have in the activities they are doing. Well done everyone!
#CDPsuccess #indigenous Rise Ventures

Senator Nigel Scullion

1 day 23 hours ago

Mmm... Gunner pledges he'll work with the Chamber of Commerce NT - how long has he been in the job? Too little too late.

Labor's trade union paymasters are clearly calling in the favours, and they're out to get hard working Territory small businesses. Last week, Malarndirri McCarthy attacked the Coalition Government for its highly successful Indigenous Business Sector Strategy.

The numbers speak for themselves - when Federal Labor were last in Government, Indigenous businesses won just $6.2 million in contracts in 2012-13. Since July 2015, the Coalition Government's Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) has led to over 1000 Indigenous businesses winning over $1 billion in Commonwealth contracts at last count.

The Coalition is the only party that understands small business and has backed them.

Read more in my press release here:

Country Liberal Party

My Electorate

From breathtaking lush national parks, stunning waterfalls and golden beaches of the top end to sunburnt sand dunes and the wild outback terrain of the south, the Northern Territory is a vast environment covering more than 1.3 million sq kms with a population of about 230,000.

Famous for its relaxed lifestyle, the Territory’s people are as diverse as its terrain. More than 100 nationalities are represented. One quarter of the Territory population is Indigenous.

Most of the Territory’s population live in Darwin, with other major centres being Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Wadeye, Jabiru and Yulara.

In the Senate, the Northern Territory is the largest electorate boundary in Australia, encompassing Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands thousands of kilometres north-west of the Australian mainland in the Indian Ocean. Mining, exports including oil, gas and iron-ore, and agriculture largely drive the economy, with tourism also a major industry.

The Territory has two Federal members in the House of Representatives who represent the seats of Solomon and Lingiari. The Solomon electorate includes the cities of Darwin and Palmerston, while the Lingiari electorate includes the rest of the Territory as well as the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands. There are two Senators for the Northern Territory.


2 months ago
Senate Question Time Community Development Program 27/11/2018

In Senate Question Time I was pleased to answer a question from Senator Slade Brockman on our successful Community Development Program. 27/11/2018


I was born in London in 1956 and spent my early years between Malaysia and Malawi in Africa and England. I was educated in England and Australia.

From 1985 when I moved to the Northern Territory, I worked across a number of industries, including mining, fishing, maritime salvage, security and engineering.

Six years living off the coast of Arnhem Land really cemented my understanding of, and keen interest in the issues facing Australia’s first people, particularly those living in remote areas. From 1991 I settled in Darwin and there’s nowhere better to live than in our wonderful Northern Territory.

Since becoming a Country Liberal Party Senator for the Northern Territory in the Australian Parliament in October 2001, I’ve been privileged to hold a wide variety of portfolios as both a Minister in the Howard Government and as a Shadow Minister in Opposition.

In the Parliament, I sit with the National Party, and since September 2013 have been the party’s leader in the Senate. I take a very grassroots approach to my work as Senator, engaging a wide variety of issues spanning across my Ministerial responsibilities but also advocating for our wonderful Northern Territory.

The greatest honour I’ve had in my parliamentary career is to serve as the Minister for Indigenous Affairs in the Federal Government. The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to tackling disadvantage, wherever it occurs, including in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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