Indigenous leader says it time for buck passing to stop
Alice Brennan reported this story on Thursday, July 23, 2009 08:12:00
Three-hundred kilometres from Alice Springs they’ve left their homes in protest at the Government’s housing program.
A spokesman for the Ampilatwatja community Richard Downs says they are becoming sick from living in tin houses which are ankle-deep in sewage.
RICHARD DOWNS: I want all this buck-passing stopped you know from the Federal and State territories and say okay we do have a problem right across the region with the housing crisis and stuff and now we need to do something.
So the Federal Government has got to start putting a lot more funding in those areas, those regions.
Three years ago I thought with the intervention that the federal and state governments would have been sort of talking with the families and the community and the leaders, consulting about roles and responsibilities; but that didn’t happen.
TONY EASTLEY: Richard Downs, a spokesman for the Ampilatwatja community in Central Australia.