Senate debates

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Questions without Notice

Indigenous Affairs

2:03 pm

Photo of Nigel ScullionNigel Scullion (NT, Country Liberal Party, Minister for Indigenous Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

(—) (): I reject entirely the last line in the senator's question, that this is somehow emblematic of something else. This was about 2½ years ago and about a purchasing policy. There was an evaluation of that purchasing policy, and much was made of the process under which those purchases were made—no more. It is no more than that. The others are trying to somehow connect this with an outcome. I make no mistake about it. This is an outcome-driven policy, driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from communities for communities. As I indicated earlier, this had to replace an absolute desert of policy. There was absolutely nothing there at all. It is of course important that we do look at other measures in the ANAO report and the benefits of more consolidated programs— (Time expired)


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