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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