Indigenous Affairs spokesman Senator Nigel Scullion attacked Warren Snowdon and the Gillard Government for spending $100m on an Indigenous smoking program that doesn’t work.
According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released today indicated that the proportion of Indigenous women who smoked during their third trimester of pregnancy was 53.4% in 2008 and 52.4% in 2011. “Statistical error probably explains that negligible difference” Senator Scullion said.
“It beggers belief that the Gillard Government could spend that much money on the issue in the first place. But surely, their number one priority target group should be pregnant women”
When Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon announced Tom Calma’s appointment as the National Coordinator of the Gillard Governments $100m Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program, he stressed the importance of the initiative saying that smoking was responsible for 20% of all deaths of Indigenous people.
Mr Calma in his new plum job said “I am honoured to be appointed to the National Coordinator position and I look forward to working with all parties to make a difference”
“Clearly, Mr Calma has failed to make a difference at all.
I get very distressed when I see bureaucratic waste like this when the needs are so great” Tragically for Indigenous Australians, such waste and mismanagement is a feature of the Gillard Government” said Senator Scullion.
For further information contact Senator Scullion:
- Russel Guse – 0438 685 645
- Darwin Electorate Office – 08 8948 3555
- Canberra Parliament House Office – 02 6277 3867
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