Tony Abbott
2014-2015

In our budget we will rationalise our services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by a cut of half a billion dollars.  The government’s current 150 programs, grants and activities will be ‘streamlined’ into 5 under the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Indigenous perspective

As an elder I am warning that the planned closure of 150 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia will only increase the existing social problems that those residents face. It will make more people homeless and despair. The way we choose to live should be our choice and we shouldn't have domination of Government people telling us how to live or where to live.