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Where's the report on SIHIP progress?

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Mon, 24th August 2009

Where's the report on SIHIP progress?

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion Shadow Minister for Human Services Deputy Leader of The Nationals

More than four weeks ago, the Federal Government appointed two senior Government officials to report on the progress of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program.

Senator Scullion said three days had passed since the self-imposed deadline, but the public is still in the dark about administrative costs and program timelines.

“You would think that given the amount of media and public attention surrounding this mess, the Federal Government would be anxious to report on the program’s progress,” Senator Scullion said.

“Ms Macklin appointed another layer of bureaucracy to report on its own bureaucratic bungles, and stood by as the only person who knew anything about the program, Jim Davidson, was sacked.

“We are still waiting for Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin to release details. Clearly she does not know the program’s status, or does not want the public to know.

“Meanwhile she has avoided facing the music in person, on the weekend cancelling a planned visit to a Northern Territory community with the United Nations rapporteur on indigenous rights.

“I challenge Ms Macklin to tell us when the first house will be built under SIHIP, and to release a detailed breakdown of administrative costs and proposed timelines.”