Why Labor disagrees with the Federal Coalitions trickle down approach to solving Aboriginal disadvantage...

15th May 2019

Two high profile  Aboriginal candidates standing in Saturdays  Federal election have shared differing opinions on  how a future government will work to close the gap in indigenous disadvantage.

Warren Mundine, a  former Labor Party National President and now the  liberal candidate for the  marginal seat of Gilmore on the southwest coast of New South Wales has been a vocal supporter of  the coalitions  Aboriginal  procurement policy …the program which  outgoing Federal Indigenous affairs Minister  Nigel Scullions claims has delivered 2 billion dollars  back into  the  Aboriginal communities.

Despite criticism that the  program is failing to impact on whole communities, Mr Mundine says stage  two of the policy will see further investment in job training so community members are ready to take up the challenges.

The  first Aboriginal woman into the Federal House of representatives  NSW Labor member Linda Burnie  disagrees and says the trickle down effect predicted by the government will not work in regional and remote parts of the country.

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