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May 9, 2012

Homelands policy debacle set to continue for a decade

Evidently, the Australian government is keen to assure Aboriginal people living on outstations and homelands that they will receive access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance, as well as garbage collection, writes Jon Altman, an anthropology research professor at ANU.

In a media release on March 28 this year, the Australian government announced a $221 million “investment” in municipal and essential services for outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory over 10 years — $206 million coming from the Commonwealth and $15 million from the NT government. Evidently, the Australian government is keen to assure Aboriginal people living on outstations and homelands that they will receive access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance, as well as garbage collection and dog control programs.

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  1. Kevin Tyerman

    Thank you for this analysis.

  2. Jenny McFarland

    Jon, as always, great to see that someone geographically so close to the nexus of power in Canberra has their eye on the crap decisions that affect the out-of-sight out-of-mind remote Aboriginal settlements of the NT.

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