The Gillard Government’s $1.7b Northern Territory Indigenous housing program remains a shambles despite Jenny Macklin releasing a supposedly positive survey, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“In this survey of only 100 Indigenous tenants 30% were not happier living in their new or refurbished homes as not much had changed. In refurbished housing there are still issues with overcrowding,” Senator Scullion said.
“In 2006 before the scheme started 75% of Indigenous homeless people lived in overcrowded dwellings. Five years on after spending $1.7b the figure is still stuck at 75% in 2011.
“Labor is using a survey of only 100 people to try and justify this dog of a program that has been mismanaged since day one. They use the money spent and number of houses built as their measures of success rather than the impact on overcrowding.
“Macklin said the $1.7b would result in improved school attendance but 60% of those surveyed said it made no difference. School attendance rates in the Northern Territory remain at disastrous levels.
“Almost two-thirds were dissatisfied with the way in which they were notified about building works and they felt they weren’t listened to. Forty per cent still felt they couldn’t manage their visitors any better.
“The Gillard Government has failed to tackle Indigenous overcrowding and this survey confirms the appalling results from Labor’s Indigenous housing program,” Senator Scullion said.
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