Senate debates

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Northern Territory Intervention: Income Management

6:11 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) it has been ten years since the roll-out of the Northern Territory Intervention and income management, and

(ii) the Intervention was rolled out without consultation with Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal organisations or the authors of the report, Little Children Are Sacred;

(b) acknowledges:

(i) in September 2014, the Final Evaluation report, Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory, found that it did not meet its objectives,

(ii) the hurt, trauma and suffering of many people in the Northern Territory, as a result of the policies of the Intervention, and

(iii) that the number of Aboriginal children going into out-of-home care has significantly increased since the Intervention started and that disadvantage continues in the Northern Territory; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) discontinue income management in the Northern Territory,

(ii) support self-determination in Aboriginal communities,

(iii) commit to ensuring that Government policy is led by local Aboriginal communities, and

(iv) fund the recommendations from the Redfern Statement.

Question negatived.