Strong Voices 14-05-2018

14th May 2018

On today's program:

*  Late last week a report from the Northern Territory’s Children’s Commissioner tabled in the Territory's Parliament stating that the alleged rape of a two-year-old girl in Tennant Creek has found harm was a foreseeable risk that could have been managed or mitigated. We are going to hear from Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne today about the report and the fallout from it.

* We will also continue hear about some outcomes from the Federal Budget. Western Desert Dialysis otherwise known as Purple House has won out with a 23 million dollar windfall to expand dialysis services in remote communities. Sarah Brown, CEO of Purple House will be on the program to talk about what’s in store as well for the Territory too.

*  And we hear about water in the Murray Darling River Basin - last week the Federal Labor Party agreed to a federal government policy package intended to ensure the survival of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The changes will mean some large investments into water entitlements for the many Aboriginal nations of the area. We’ll hear from Sue Jackson, an ARC Future Fellow at Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute about the measures. What is less appreciated is that, if implemented, the bipartisan commitment may do more to advance the water rights of Aboriginal peoples in the Murray-Darling Basin than any other government initiative in the history of the region.

Hoisted by Philippe Perez