Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion called on former Northern Territory Labor Chief Minister Clare Martin to apologise for failing to protect Indigenous children under her watch.
“Clare Martin is attempting to re-write history by saying she should have fought harder against the intervention,” Senator Scullion said of media reports today quoting Martin.
“In fact the Martin Labor Government inaction caused the NT intervention.
“In her latest comments it seems she is still denying there was a problem at all.
“The reason for the intervention was that she and her government failed to protect Indigenous children.
“Of course she won’t admit that.
“She should apologise to those children that were abused and neglected under Labor’s watch.
“Not only did Martin and her government fail to do anything but they denied there was a problem.
“In 2006 former Alice Springs Crown Prosecutor Nanette Rogers raised this issue publicly leading to a national outcry.
“All Clare Martin did was commission a report.
“The Martin Government sat on The ‘Little Children Are Sacred’ for six months.
“Then they did nothing.
“No wonder the Howard Government had to intervene, Clare Martin gave us no choice,” Senator Scullion said.
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