After reviewing the W.A’s state budget handed down this week, it became apparent that Indigenous people have been left out all together.
Remarkably the budget was handed down by Ben Wyatt, who is Australia’s first ever Indigenous state treasurer. In a sly move, the treasurer removed the states responsibility to fund Indigenous communities by diverting mining royalty funds to pay for basic services such as water and sewerage in Indigenous communities (As reported this week in The Australian).
And when we say basic services, we mean the bare essentials. Yesterday, Mervyn Eades, who runs Ngalla Maya, an non profit Indigenous correctional rehabilitation program, took to social media to express his disgust with the shortcomings of the latest budget.
WHAT WAS IN THE WA BUDGET FOR OUR FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE BEN WYATT OR MORE LIKE WHAT WAS NOT IN THE BUDGET FOR OUR PEOPLE…
The 6 points made by Eades highlights just how uncommitted the state government is when it comes to closing the gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous people in the state. A state that is home to some of the worlds highest rates of Indigenous imprisonment and suicide. The points also highlight why the government should be talking to Mr. Eades who works tirelessly on the front lines every day.
We challenge the government not to ridicule the fact that we are exposing the shameful situation they have created. We challenge the government to start talking to Mr. Eades and others like him when it comes to implementing plans for the future.
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