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Coalition confused over Indigenous funding cuts



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CHRIS BOWEN MP INTERIM LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

JENNY MACKLIN MP

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

COALITION CONFUSED OVER INDIGENOUS FUNDING CUTS

The Coalition’s new Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, has directly contradicted the Government over their plans to cut funding from Aboriginal legal services.

During the election campaign, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey promised to cut $42 million from the Indigenous Legal Aid Policy Reform Program, which funds Aboriginal legal services across Australia.

This savage cut will mean Aboriginal people could be left without the appropriate advice and assistance when facing court or other legal issues.

But Mr Hockey now seems to be saying one thing to Mr Mundine behind closed doors and another thing to the rest of the country:

WARREN MUNDINE: We’ve had a conversation. He’s said he’s now looking at making changes to that and we’ll finalise that process over the next few weeks

JOURNALIST: Does that mean $42 million is going to be cut or not?

WARREN MUNDINE: No I don’t think it will be cut.

- Lateline, 17 September 2013

The Coalition must come clean on what cuts they will make to services that Aboriginal people rely on.

Who is telling truth - Warren Mundine or Joe Hockey?

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