The uncertainty about funding for remote Aboriginal housing past 30 June 2018 (three days from now) has become farcical and must urgently be resolved, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“This weekend the ten year agreement on delivering remote Aboriginal housing wraps up and the Government has failed to resolve the current impasse, which will have an impact on Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia.
“Housing is a human right and the need in remote communities for more housing is extreme and is fundamental to closing the gap. It is appalling it has been allowed to get to this point.
“The independent review has recommended that a further 5,500 homes are needed by 2028 to lower overcrowding in homes in remote communities. I urge the Minister to keep this in mind and to act with urgency so that remote housing can be improved and expanded.
“Stubbornness to have this resolved will have real life impacts out in remote communities and the Federal Government should seek to resolve this at the earliest opportunity”.