The Change the Record Critical Condition Report released today has shown how existing inequalities and injustices faced by First Nations peoples have been exacerbated and further entrenched by the COVID crisis and highlights the urgent need for a recovery that includes First Nations peoples.
“This report highlights exactly why we need more transparency around the National #COVIDー19 Coordination Commission," Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“Last week when I questioned Mr Gaetjens as part of the Senate COVID committee and he could not tell me how the members of the Commission and it’s Taskforces were chosen and what criteria was established for their selection.
“However, we do know that there have been no members appointed with expertise in First Nation issues, charities, youth, the Not-For-Profit sector and the arts.
“This is unacceptable. First Nations peoples must be part of leading our recovery and this is a significant oversight by the Government.
“At this stage it's a Commission stacked with the Government’s gas and fossil fuel industry mates.
“With the ongoing impacts of colonisation, poverty and inequality laid bare by this crisis and so many extra people going to have to rely on our community sector and income support system it defies logic that we do not to have these areas of expertise on the commission as we look to recovery.
“Once again First Nations peoples are being completely overlooked by the Government and it’s so-called “recovery” commission in favour of their big business mates.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180