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Federal Labor offers bipartisan in-principle support on Indigenous child abuse measures.



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jenny macklin mp shadow minister for families and community services shadow minister for indigenous affairs and reconciliation federal member for jagajaga

FEDERAL LABOR OFFERS BIPARTISAN IN-PRINCIPLE SUPPORT ON INDIGENOUS CHILD ABUSE MEASURES

Today, Federal Labor offered bipartisan, in-principle support to the measures announced by the Prime Minister to deal with the crisis in child abuse in Indigenous communities.

We will do whatever we can to work with the Prime Minister to address the crisis of child abuse in Australian Indigenous communities.

Last week, a landmark inquiry report on Indigenous child abuse in the Northern Territory, Little Children are Sacred, outlined the horrific abuse, neglect and violence affecting children in every Indigenous community visited by the report authors in the Northern Territory.

There is no doubt about it - this is a crisis.

No child deserves to grow up trapped in such violent and desperate situations.

We will do whatever we can to work with all levels of government to address the crisis of child abuse in Australian Indigenous communities.

All levels of government have failed Indigenous children.

We must all work together and put politics aside.

Federal Labor today sought a detailed briefing from the Government over proposed measures and costings to combat the crisis in child abuse in Indigenous communities.

We will formulate our detailed response to the measures and proposed legislation.

Federal Labor has long believed that reciprocal obligations should be part of Australia’s welfare system.

Federal Labor strongly supports the principle that family payments should be paid for the benefit of children.

I have seen first hand how critical tough alcohol management and policing are to turning around high levels of violence in Indigenous communities.

We must work in a bipartisan way to end the nightmare of abuse for every child.

More info: Moksha Watts 0409 774 266

21 June 2007