House debates

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions without Notice

Indigenous Affairs

2:42 pm

Photo of Bob KatterBob Katter (Kennedy, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Is the minister aware of media reports that police armed with guns and tasers literally lined up First Australians and searched them for alcohol and contraband and of a mayor referring to excessive intervention, including flying in a dozen tactical police—and all of this whilst two mayors are under charges and a further was in a confrontation aired on national television? Would the minister not agree that First Australians have been failed, a failure albeit exacerbated by provocation by the Queensland government, a continued position of discriminatory intervention and a refusal to provide perpetual freehold title—a right enjoyed by every Australian, and most people on earth, but not by First Australians? (Time expired)


dan diver
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 10:21 pm

A very pertinent point Mr Katter: Alcohol abuse is as much a National dilemma for all Australians and should be addressed as such. Picking-off Aboriginal communities alone on this issue, (as with any other issue), is unfair and only assists the Alcohol industry to hide from the enormity of the damage its products inflict on society overall. This is an outrage!