The Northern Territory Government has spent just 6 per cent of its flagship $1.1 billion commitment on remote housing, nearly three years after first announcing it, figures provided to the ABC show.
Two more federal ministers, Nigel Scullion and Michael Keenan, have announced they are jumping ship at the election, making three in a week to say they are leaving.
Australia’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been criticised by Aboriginal groups for giving nearly half a million dollars to non-indigenous lobby groups for legal funding.
Northern Land Council chairman Joe Morrison says it is a “poor look” that public money meant for Aboriginal people was being used by third parties opposed to land claims.
The NT Seafood Council, NT Amateur Fishermen’s Association and NT Cattlemen’s Association shared in $465,000 earlier this year to pay lawyers to help them demonstrate how outstanding Aboriginal land claims would cause them detriment…..
Nigel Scullion gave almost half a million dollars to groups to argue how they might be negatively impacted by land rights claims.
Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion has given almost half a million dollars’ worth of funds earmarked for alleviating Indigenous disadvantage to fishing and cattlemen’s groups in the Northern Territory. The grants will go towards legal fees for the groups to argue how they might be negatively impacted by land rights claims, he told a Senate estimates hearing last week.
The Turnbull Government will provide new funding to boost services in the Northern Territory, having reached agreement with the Northern Territory Government on future funding for remote indigenous housing, public hospitals, and housing and homelessness. To help the Northern Territory Government deliver essential services, including to remote communities, the Turnbull Government will provide financial assistance of $259.6 million.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has received a warm welcome at Nhulunbuy in north-east Arnhem Land, for his first visit to the remote region.
It is the sixth time Prince Charles has visited the Northern Territory, with a history of royal visits to the Top End before him, including a 1956 stop by Prince Philip when he went crocodile hunting.