The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion condemning the demolition of the remote community of Oombulgurri in Western Australia.
"The Senate has supported my motion, which calls for an immediate suspension to the demolition of Oombulgurri and for a dialogue to begin with residents and Traditional Owners," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"The action being taken in Oombulgurri has caused deep concern.
"Communities cannot be strengthened if the underlying causes of disadvantage are not addressed. Governments at the State and Federal levels need to be investing in services and support for remote communities, to improve health services, ensure children and families safe and provide quality education and employment opportunities. That did not happen in Oombulgurri and this support has not been provided for the residents since they left.
"The demolition of Oombulgurri should be halted and the WA Government should immediately start working with residents and Traditional Owners," Senator Siewert concluded.
That the Senate:
a) That demolition work has begun to dismantle the remote community of Oombulgurri in Western Australia;
b) that this demolition is being conducted without consultation or permission of residents and Traditional Owners;
c) that forcing people from communities and closing essential services does not address existing social issues or the underlying causes of disadvantage affecting communities.
a) for the suspension of the demolition of Oombulgurri and for discussions to begin with residents and Traditional Owners; and
b) for increased investment in services and support for remote communities.