This is a Budget which is all about trying to save Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey at the expense of funding for programs to support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The unfairness of last year’s Budget continues with massive cuts gutting Indigenous programs and frontline services.
The Budget confirms that more than $145 million will be cut from Indigenous programs and services in 2015-16, including $46 million from Indigenous health.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are still grappling with more than $500m Tony Abbott’s first Budget ripped from Indigenous services.
This Budget provides no relief for the hundreds of Indigenous organisations still reeling from the massive cuts delivered through the Government’s disastrous Indigenous Advancement Strategy in the last Budget.
This year’s Budget rips $95 million from the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, in spite of serious overcrowding.
Instead of focussing on the issues that concern the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, this Budget is a short-sighted plan from a Government focussed on saving itself.
We still don’t know where the cuts will fall, with many services facing an uncertain future.
Many have already said they will be forced to close their doors in the wake of federal funding cuts.
What we do know is Tony Abbott is only interested in his own job and not supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.