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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release

ELEVEN JOBS TO GO WITH NORTH AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Eleven research and field officer positions will be lost as a result of a Federal Government decision to scrap the North Australian Development Unit in Darwin.

The unit - set up to research issues and government programs in Northern Australia - will be disbanded at the end of January in favour of a new Office of Northern Development.

The Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia, Senator Grant Tambling, today paid tribute to the unit saying it had produced 16 valuable papers in three years.

Issues included remote area allowance, Aboriginal policy and service delivery, welfare service delivery, Filipino brides in remote areas and rural women's access to social security.

"Some of the papers have proved embarrassing for the Federal Labor Government, however, the unit has performed admirably under difficult political and economic circumstances."

Senator Tambling also called for the publication of another eight working drafts which he said "should not be filed away or lost in the bottom drawer."

"The demise of the unit, announced by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Bob Collins, means the demise of much-needed field work in Northern Australia."

Senator Tambling criticised the top heavy structure of the new unit which comprises Chief Executive Officer Mr Bill Gray, three other executive officers and two clerical positions.

"I trust that the new Office of Northern Development will not end up as another front of senior officers in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to do the bidding of Minister Collins and the ALP."

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