CAAMA News 12-05-2021

12th May 2021

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In today's bulletin:

* The Federal budget has been handed down by the Treasurer Josh Frydenburg last night in Canberra’s Parliament House.

* Aged care has been the major winner in the budget, with $630 million over five years allocated to stop the decline in aged-care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural, remote communities.

* Northern Territory Federal Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy said she was wary of the new work for the dole trial in remote communities put forward by the Morrison Government

* The budget also includes $31.6 million, to be spent over five years, to set up an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Personal Safety Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

* Other initiatives include $164.8m over three years allocated to provide $1500 payments for those escaping violence and further payments of up to $3500 to help with bonds and school fees.

* 2700 extra places will also be opened up in Indigenous girls academies while and grants will also be available to help improve food security of remote communities.

* The Gunner Labor Government's new youth justice bill has been passed overnight in parliament. Debate and questioning went late into the night, with Mulka MLA Yingiya Mark Gulya critical of bill, saying it will cause harm to Aboriginal people and will not make communities safer.

* A new specialised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention and crisis support helpline will be established, with funding provided care of the federal budget over the next three years.

* A ministerial report on local decision making in the Northern Territory has shown that 11 agreement have been signed to empower communities to make decisions in their communities.

* An award winning Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer and educator from North West NSW will be travelleing to the Northern Territory Writers festival.

* And all the latest in sport.

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