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Cooperation not intervention: a call for a new direction in the Northern Territory

Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare, and public health groups from around the country are calling for a new direction in policies affecting Aboriginal Australians, based on cooperation rather than on ‘intervention’.

ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie, says “While some aspects of the Government’s announcement that it will maintain investment in the Northern Territory are encouraging, particularly strategies to generate local jobs, the proposed expansion of the SEAM program that withdraws income support payments from  parents whose children aren’t attending school suggests that a punitive, top-down approach to social problems is still being pursued”.

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