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    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Queensland LNP must stand up for Queensland’s remote indigenous communities

    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Queensland LNP must stand up for Queensland’s remote indigenous communities

    Housing Minister Mick de Brenni has today called on State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington to stand up for Queenslanders living in remote indigenous communities.

    Mr de Brenni said Closing the Gap is a responsibility of all levels of government, one which the Palaszczuk Government takes seriously.

    “This week, we heard the Prime Minister give his Closing the Gap speech to Federal Parliament, and we commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Rudd Government’s Apology to Indigenous Australians,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “But at the same time, the Prime Minister has decided to turn his back on 50 years of progress made in Closing the Gap through investment in remote housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

    “Last week I was directly advised by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion that there will not be a continuation of Federal funding designed to Close the Gap in indigenous disadvantage beyond June 30, 2018.

    “It makes absolutely no sense – you cannot start to Close the Gap if you deny people a roof over their heads.”

    Mr de Brenni said the Prime Minister’s decision will have immediate and devastating impacts on thousands of Queenslanders.

    “I have spoken with leaders and elders of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who have said that the Prime Minister’s decision will have immediate and devastating impacts on thousands of Queenslanders.

    “The impact of these cuts will touch every corner of the state, but I’m yet to hear the Queensland LNP say anything on the subject,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is standing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and elders, with the housing sector, and the local government sector to demand fair funding from the Commonwealth.

    “Will Deb Frecklington stand with Queensland, or with Canberra?”

    ENDS

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