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The Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services has backed the Coalition suggestions of a more consultative approach for community driven solutions to help Aboriginal Australians, rather than the Gillard government’s wasteful and uncoordinated programs.
In his fourth six-monthly report the coordinator general called for community ownership of planning, which the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, said backs Tony Abbott’s and the Coalition’s call for more consultation with Aboriginal leaders (The Age, 17.10.11 pg 4).
Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig should resign immediately following revelations in the weekend press that he banned live cattle exports to Indonesia after ignoring his own department’s advice to work with live cattle industry to improve animal welfare standards, Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion said.
Senator Scullion called for Minister Ludwig to resign after ignoring the advice, which was received before ABC Four Corners aired footage of showing animals being treated inhumanely in a few Indonesian abattoirs.
The fourth six-monthly report issued by the Coordinator-General for remote Indigenous services shows that the Gillard Labor government have failed to help Indigenous people due to poor planning and wasteful spending, the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“This report reiterates yet again the failure of the Gillard Labor government to make a real difference to the lives of our first Australians,” Senator Scullion said.
The implosion of what was the Gillard government’s border protection policy should leave absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Gillard Labor government is the most incompetent government in Australia’s history, said Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Scullion today.
The Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion continues to support the Leader of the Opposition’s Wild Rivers Bill, which will give back the people of Cape York their voice, and has expressed his frustration at the bill being referred to what is now a fourth parliament enquiry.
Senator Scullion said under the Queensland Government’s Wild Rivers Act 2005 (QLD) the Cape’s wild rivers could be declared without the written consent of traditional owners.
The Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion says comments yesterday from the head of Amnesty International calling for action and not words from the Federal Government shows Jenny Macklin has failed to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Yesterday the head of Amnesty International Salil Shetty met with Aboriginal Affairs Jenny Macklin and was unequivocal in expressing displeasure with the government’s costly and inefficient programs that deliver few results to Indigenous people,” Senator Scullion said.
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion fears a suburb of new Indigenous houses in Maningrida will be isolated during the coming wet season with the road to it likely to be impassable during the wet season due to a startling stuff up in road works.
Senator Scullion visited Maningrida last week and toured the new suburb but was dismayed to see the road had three deep dips which only had cement bases at the bottom with no pipes or culvets to handle the Territory’s monsoon rains.
“Today, Warren Snowdon MP had the opportunity to restore faith with the people of the Northern Territory,” Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said.
“Mr Snowdon had the opportunity to stand up for the people of the Northern Territory and his electorate of Lingiari, honour their word, and stop the carbon tax that the Prime Minister promised we wouldn’t have.”
“Warren Snowdon have betrayed the people of the Northern Territory today by voting for the carbon tax,” Mrs. Griggs said.
“Labor members of parliament have one day left to keep faith with their electorates and vote against Julia Gillard’s carbon tax in Parliament tomorrow,” Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said.
“Warren Snowdon can restore faith with the people of Lingiari by supporting the Coalition’s amendment which prevents the carbon tax coming into place before an election.”
“Voters in Lingiari will be watching very closely to see how Mr Snowdon represents them on this issue,” Senator Scullion said.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion has squashed claims by the Federal Government that the Coalition has plans to dam the Daly River.
“I wish to make it absolutely clear that there are no plans to dam the Daly, said Senator Scullion.
“To put an end to the Labor nonsense, and end any possible confusion, I urge people to read where this issue started.
“For the record this whole sorry saga started from a page 1 story in the Weekend Australian dated Saturday 17/9/2011. The applicable paragraph is reproduced below: