Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Democrats urge Rudd to show leadership on Indigenous issues.



Download PDFDownload PDF

Media Statement Thursday 10th May 2007

SENATOR ANDREW BARTLETT Queensland Democrat Senator QUEENSLAND’S ONLY INDEPENDENT VOICE IN THE SENATE

Democrats urge Rudd to show leadership on Indigenous issues

Democrats Deputy Leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett, has urged opposition leader Kevin Rudd to raise the standard for Indigenous Australia in his Budget-In-Reply address.

"Tonight Mr Rudd puts forward his own vision for Australia's future; and it must include a better deal for Indigenous people," Senator Bartlett said.

"The government's Budget had a few good measures regarding Indigenous Australians, but overall it was inadequate, particularly in the area of health.

"I urge Mr Rudd to make a real difference on this most crucial of issues.

"While some of the government's Budget measures are welcome, long term chronic under-funding of Indigenous health won't be solved by meager offerings and additional funds for housing won't be well spent if they are tied to symbolic or ideologically driven criteria.

"If the Rudd opposition is serious about being our alternative government it must be prepared to bridge the gap in Indigenous health, employment and housing, and it must do so without a paternalistic agenda.

"Mr Rudd can show his leadership potential by abandoning the one size fits all approach to solving Indigenous disadvantage, "Senator Bartlett concluded.

Media contact - Tracee McPate - 0417 607 655

Electoral office: Suite 14 B1, 7/421 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 t: 07 3252 7101 local call cost (Qld): 1300 301 879 f: 07 3252 8957 e: senator.bartlett@aph.gov.au web: www.andrewbartlett.com