Efforts to close the gap between Indigenous and mainstream Australia is being severely hampered by Gillard Labor Government red tape, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“In Senate Estimates today the Federal Government’s Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services Brian Gleeson said he knew of one provider that had 68 funding agreements.
“I had asked him if he had heard about the former Northern Territory Coordinator General’s claim that a former community organisation at Yuendumu had 34 separate funding agreements and on average has to write a report every five days.
“I thought that was bad but was stunned when he said he knew of a worse case.
“Imagine the number of applications, quarterly reports, and the number of acquittals they would have to do every year before they then have to apply gain.
“They’d have little time to do anything else but paperwork.
“How on earth can these hard working service providers that are desperately working to help people on the ground actually make a difference when they are wrapped up in so much red tape?
“This Government is more concerned about process and paperwork rather than outcomes to help our First Australians out of poverty.
“Gillard Labor seems determined to have community organisations servicing govt departments’ requirements rather than the needs of Indigenous people,” Senator Scullion said.
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