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Minister Scullion: Review into remote housing welcomed
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has welcomed the release of a Remote Housing Review, led by an Indigenous expert panel.
“I commissioned this Review last year because I recognised there is a need for practical, innovative solutions to tackle inadequate housing conditions and undersupply in remote communities,” Minister Scullion said.
“Safe, appropriate housing is crucial to better lives for residents in remote communities, including to improve health and education and address family violence.
The Review focussed on the Remote Housing Strategy and its predecessor, the National Partnership Agreement for Remote Indigenous Housing.
“The Remote Housing Strategy is on track to deliver 7,500 refurbishments and 4,000 new homes by 2018 and has lessened overcrowding and created employment and training opportunities for First Australians in remote communities.
However, the Review found that more needs to be done to meet future demand and protect existing housing stock.
“Labor has a history of bungling and wasting its investment in housing including through the failed Strategic Investment in Indigenous Housing Program (SIHIP).
“In contrast, we are focused on delivering value for money from any investment in housing and will carefully consider these recommendations of the review, and work with First Australians living in remote Australia, states and territories on future arrangements for remote housing to achieve the best outcomes.
“Consultation was at the heart of this Review - the expert panel visited 41 remote communities, met with a significant number of organisations and received a large volume of stakeholder submissions.
“It was crucial that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices were at the centre of this process, and I thank the expert panel for their contributions.”