Australian Opposition launches Indigenous affairs policy

15:57, August 13, 2010      

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Australian Opposition on Friday launched its Indigenous affairs policy, promising to spend 54 million dollars (48.6 million U.S. dollars) on employment, education and dental health initiatives.

The Coalition has sent its Indigenous affairs spokesman Senator Nigel Scullion to Alice Springs to launch its policy. The Opposition has been promising to recognize Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, abolish the permit system to enter communities, work with elders to get Indigenous children to school and fast-track boarding school facilities in the Northern Territory.

The Coalition said the party will continue the Northern Territory intervention if it wins government on the Aug. 21 election.

Senator Scullion said many people in remote communities have told him they support the intervention and believe it has improved law and order.

"The feedback I get from many of the communities is that their life is inordinately better in so many ways," Senator Scullion told ABC Network on Friday.

"Yes, I think that policies as complex as the intervention, some aspects of that haven't been perfect.

"The roll-out hasn't been perfect, we'd acknowledge that, but what we will do in government, we will ensure that the policies are actually rolled out."

The party was also promising to ensure that all Australians who want work can find work, and a commitment to provide a dental hygienist to any remote Indigenous school upon request.

Source: Xinhua


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