“Despite promising to be open, honest and transparent with Territorians, Michael Gunner has sneakily deleted his own remote housing policy from his party’s website to cover up his total failure to live up to the many promises he made to remote NT communities prior to the 2016 Election.
“It’s no wonder Michael Gunner has deleted his own remote housing commitments document given the litany of broken promises and unmet funding milestones contained in their 2016 election remote housing manifesto.
“Michael Gunner needs to think of the interests of Territorians and engage with the Land Councils who want to meet him urgently to ensure he remains true to his stated election commitment to ‘work with Indigenous Territorians and their representative bodies to open up greater housing outcomes’.” Senator Scullion said today.
|Page #||What Labor said they would do in their 2016 “Tackling the Housing Deficit in Remote Communities” policy|
|P4||Labor will work with indigenous Territorians and their representative bodies to open up greater housing outcomes.
|P4||We also recognise that an expansive and guaranteed rolling housing program will result in more jobs and economic growth during the construction phase, with a rolling maintenance program that will continue to supply employment to local tradespersons, and other skilled and semi-skilled workers.
|P4||We will also work with indigenous Territorians and their representative bodies to boost ways for private investment to occur in housing development to open up greater housing outcomes. This will be done in close consultation with indigenous people and at a pace and in a way supported by them.
Labor will also work with bodies such as Indigenous Business Association, the Indigenous Land Corporation and other organisations to provide solutions to more housing.
|P5||To ensure that the program is developed in true partnership with Aboriginal leaders, family heads and tenants alike, we will ensure that trained interpreters are employed as liaison officers in all phases of the housing program, from basic consultation and planning, and training and employment delivery, through to maintenance and management activities.
|P5||Labor supports the right of Territorians living in remote communities to buy their own homes. This also needs to be done as part of an overall plan with the relevant community.
In delivering on this commitment to indigenous Territorians living in remote communities Labor will treat all people with the respect they deserve and will consult, negotiate and engage with them in the government’s decision making.
|P5||Labor is determined to provide appropriate housing with appropriate design to ensure that housing addresses the real needs of people. We will work with indigenous people and their representatives and leading housing design innovators to ensure that housing is appropriate without being excessively expensive. There is a significant body of work already done on this and this will be used in determining plans going forward.
|P10||It is the intention of Labor to devolve key decision making over housing back to indigenous people living in remote communities.
Labor is prepared to devolve to shires, regional authorities or to housing groups the decision making about what to build, where to build it, how to build it and who will build it.
Labor is also prepared to work with new models of decision making that engage communities and external groups such as resource centres.
|P10||Labor recognises that there will need to be support for capacity building amongst indigenous leadership in communities and that different places will want a different amount of time and method of devolution.
Our solutions will be place based, directly relate to local priorities and time frames for devolution will be flexible. A key principle will be that this devolution will be done hand in glove with indigenous people and representative groups. A Labor Government will invest in the capacity building necessary to make this work.
Labor believes that there is now significant confusion regarding tenancy management, repairs and maintenance and housing allocation decisions.
Labor will re-invigorate the Housing Reference Groups and will ensure that communities have local housing officers to support local initiatives and improve government responses. Initially Labor will ensure that housing officers exist across 25 major areas.
Labor is prepared to devolve the tenancy management for remote communities away from Territory Housing.
Similarly Labor will review the housing repair contract arrangements in an effort to make housing repairs and maintenance a more locally provided service, with local trade workers on site for quicker response.
Labor believes that the issues associated with leasing have been slowly worked through.
We want to work with what works; not create more administrative delays and road blocks. 40 year leases developed, with the land councils under Labor, are working to assist in deliver improvements to social housing. We will support the preference for and leasing arrangements for 40 years with the Territory Government on a block by block, town by town approach.
We’ll continue to work with land owners, land councils and Indigenous business to develop more options and opportunities for the development of housing in our remote towns.
Current version: https://territorylabor.com.au/Labors-Plan/Housing