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Senate calls for funding of National Congress

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion calling on the Government to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples for the next three years for $15 million, with a sinking fund of a further $100 million.

“In 2014, the Coalition broke away from a multi-party approach and cut funding for National Congress as part of the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples funding cuts and the chaotic rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, it was a hard year for our First Peoples” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This funding cut has severely limited the work of National Congress.

“National Congress is an incredibly valuable peak body, yet just last week they released a statement saying operations would likely cease in December 2017 without further investment. National Congress must be supported.

“National Congress is doing important work, most recently on the Redfern Statement, amongst many other issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It must not be stopped in its tracks”.

 

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