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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 1965


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Congress is an important stakeholder and the government acknowledges its role as an advocacy body for some Indigenous Australians. The government does not support this motion as congress has already received $30 million to establish itself independent of government and it is inappropriate to divert over $100 million from front-line services for an independent advocacy group. However, in recognition of the important role of congress, I can advise that the government is working with congress to establish other funding sources, including through fee-for-service and philanthropic arrangements.

Question agreed to.