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Greens to examine funding for petrol sniffing programs

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 15 Aug 2012

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will examine a federal government decision to end the provision of funding to three petrol sniffing programs during tomorrow’s Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ Low Aromatic Fuel Bill.

It has been reported that federal funding for the programs in the Kimberley, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands and central Australia will not continue past this year.

"Asking organisations to continue these programs without federal funding is an onerous request that has the potential to threaten the long term stability needed to combat petrol sniffing," Senator Siewert said today.

"We know that offering low aromatic fuel, support and diversionary programs is an effective way to reduce petrol sniffing in communities, but we need to finish the job. Sniffing is still occurring in some communities and breaks out of sniffing also occur.

"These efforts require a long term commitment and long term funding to deliver generational change in communities.

"The Senate Inquiry into the Australian Greens’ Low Aromatic Fuel Bill has been told that access to sniffable fuel can seriously undermine progress against petrol sniffing in surrounding areas.

"Tomorrow, the Senate Inquiry will hold a hearing in Canberra and this discontinuation of program funds will no doubt be discussed.
 
"Support programs are an essential part of the success of the rollout of non-sniffable fuel. I'm deeply concerned that funding for these programs is finishing up," Senator Siewert concluded.

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