"The compulsory health checks were illegal from the outset. Now the government is trying to fix its mistake by using the threat of stringent welfare checks to coerce parents who refuse health checks for their children," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.
"The Indigenous communities I have spoken with in Alice Springs want to work with the government to get the best outcomes for their children and families. Using welfare to coerce parents is confrontational and counterproductive."
"The government rushed into this intervention, got it wrong on compulsory health checks which were illegal from the outset and is now using a punitive approach to cover its mistake," Senator Siewert said.
Senator Siewert has been in Alice Springs for the past three days meeting with Indigenous communities and listening to their concerns about the federal government's intervention.