Minister Should Apologise for Offensive Remarks

Minister Should Apologise for Offensive Remarks

During the Assembly, Ms Stephen-Smith ridiculed “18 fuzzy ideas” which were developed with Canberra’s Indigenous community.

The Canberra Liberals’ 18 initiatives to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were developed in consultation with members of the Indigenous community and have been widely endorsed by Indigenous organisations including Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Service.

I have consulted with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community including, most importantly, with Aboriginal community-controlled service providers and have developed a comprehensive package of policies that address the major gaps in services identified over recent years by the Aboriginal community.

Describing initiatives that have been developed with the Indigenous community as ‘fuzzy’ shows just how out of touch the Barr Government is. Far from fuzzy, these initiatives address serious government shortcomings across health, education, justice and more.

Barr has stopped listening to the concerns continuously raised by leaders in the indigenous community. The time for change is now. I and the Canberra Liberals can deliver that change.