MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_01DC_01D71023.03951280" This is a multipart message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_01DC_01D71023.03951280 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit LINDA BURNEY MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS MEMBER FOR BARTON E&OE TRANSCRIPT TELEVISION INTERVIEW SKY NEWS AM AGENDA WITH LAURA JAYES WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2021 SUBJECT: Socio-economic challenges facing Indigenous Australians in remote communities. LAURA JAYES, HOST: Linda Burney is the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs. She joins us live now. Linda Burney, did you know about this? LINDA BURNEY: Good morning, Laura, how are you? No, I wasn't aware of this. And my understanding is that the FOI that is being used to base these assumptions on is in fact 95 per cent redacted. So I'm not quite sure what you can get out of something that has that many redactions in it and quite frankly … JAYES: … The anecdotal evidence alone is pretty scary, isn't it? The price of alcohol going up; the number of cars being sold, and it's all coinciding with this increase in JobSeeker and access to early super? Should Indigenous Australians in some of these remote communities, should they have been prevented from doing this? Or what should have happened? BURNEY: Well, I am pretty sick of people that are disempowered and disenfranchised, getting the blame for things. If these stories are correct, it seems to me that the focus needs to be on those people that are doing the grog running; those people that are doing the white shoe brigade, and going into communities and selling products at very inflated prices. And particularly if it's correct about the second-hand sales car yards then the focus needs to be on the people are inflating the cars. The other thing of course, Laura is there aren’t a lot of First Nations people that have healthy superannuation accounts. And the idea that somehow or rather the stimulus payments that were part of COVID should be treated in a different way for First Nations people, in my view, is not appropriate. I’ve spoken to the Shadow Minister Stephen Jones this morning, who has responsibility in the area of superannuation. And he advised me that similar things about purchases of alcohol, and gambling increased in the broader community, when the government may … gave people that capacity to access superannuation early. JAYES: Yeah, that's a really good point that it is happening in the broader community as well, not just in the Northern Territory, which Matt Cunningham has indeed, pointed out. But I guess the perception, here is the problem, isn't it in many ways, Linda Burney, I mean, the narrative is that some people in these communities can't be trusted with more money. JAYES: How do you counter that today? BURNEY: Well, you know, I am, I'm quite disgusted by it. I mean, I've been to some of these communities, Laura, and I know that you're very aware of it as well. And the real issue, the broader issue is the absolute poverty that exists in these communities; the desperation that people feel about the future of their children. In many of the communities that you're talking about, if you want to get a secondary education, you actually have to leave your family; leave your country; and leave your community just to get a secondary education. I'm not talking about a tertiary education. I'm talking about a secondary education. And the level of poverty; the level of remoteness; the level of … the health crisis; the fact that people living in homes where there are three bedrooms and 30 people; and of course, in situations like that, you're going to have issues around safety of children, and safety of women. None of that's a surprise to me. But quite frankly, there needs to be a reflection by everyone. And I agree with you about perception that people who are living in those circumstances, get to a level of desperation and disempowerment that is enveloping. JAYES: Well. Linda Burney, we're going to follow this up with Matt Cunningham. He's been bringing your stories from the Northern Territory. We'll also try and follow up with the minister to see what can be done. We thank you for your time today. BURNEY: Thanks, Laura. ENDS MEDIA CONTACT: DARYL TAN 0422 028 222 Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra. This is a broadcast email - please do not reply to this email. This email is confidential and may be privileged. If you have received this email by mistake: (1) please notify me immediately and delete the email; (2) you must not use this email or its contents; (3) client legal privilege is not waived. unsubscribe from this list. 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LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
MEMBER FOR BARTON


E&OE TRANSCRIPT 
TELEVISION INTERVIEW 
SKY NEWS AM AGENDA WITH LAURA JAYES 
WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2021


SUBJECT: Socio-economic challenges facing Indigenous = Australians in remote communities.

LAURA JAYES, HOST: Linda Burney is the Shadow Minister = for Indigenous Affairs. She joins us live now. Linda Burney, did you = know about this? 

LINDA BURNEY: Good morning, Laura, how are you? No, I = wasn't aware of this. And my understanding is that the FOI that is being = used to base these assumptions on is in fact 95 per cent redacted. So = I'm not quite sure what you can get out of something that has that many = redactions in it and quite frankly =E2=80=A6

JAYES: =E2=80=A6 The anecdotal evidence alone is pretty = scary, isn't it? The price of alcohol going up; the number of cars being = sold, and it's all coinciding with this increase in JobSeeker and access = to early super? Should Indigenous Australians in some of these remote = communities, should they have been prevented from doing this? Or what = should have happened? 

BURNEY: Well, I am pretty sick of people that are = disempowered and disenfranchised, getting the blame for things. If these = stories are correct, it seems to me that the focus needs to be on those = people that are doing the grog running; those people that are doing the = white shoe brigade, and going into communities and selling products at = very inflated prices. And particularly if it's correct about the = second-hand sales car yards then the focus needs to be on the people are = inflating the cars. The other thing of course, Laura is there = aren=E2=80=99t a lot of First Nations people that have healthy = superannuation accounts. And the idea that somehow or rather the = stimulus payments that were part of COVID should be treated in a = different way for First Nations people, in my view, is not appropriate. = I=E2=80=99ve spoken to the Shadow Minister Stephen Jones this morning, = who has responsibility in the area of superannuation. And he advised me = that similar things about purchases of alcohol, and gambling increased = in the broader community, when the government may =E2=80=A6 gave people = that capacity to access superannuation early.

JAYES: Yeah, that's a really good point that it is = happening in the broader community as well, not just in the Northern = Territory, which Matt Cunningham has indeed, pointed out. But I guess = the perception, here is the problem, isn't it in many ways, Linda = Burney, I mean, the narrative is that some people in these communities = can't be trusted with more money. 

JAYES: How do you counter that today? 

BURNEY: Well, you know, I am, I'm quite disgusted by = it. I mean, I've been to some of these communities, Laura, and I know = that you're very aware of it as well. And the real issue, the broader = issue is the absolute poverty that exists in these communities; the = desperation that people feel about the future of their children. In many = of the communities that you're talking about, if you want to get a = secondary education, you actually have to leave your family; leave your = country; and leave your community just to get a secondary education. I'm = not talking about a tertiary education. I'm talking about a secondary = education. And the level of poverty; the level of remoteness; the level = of =E2=80=A6 the health crisis; the fact that people living in homes = where there are three bedrooms and 30 people; and of course, in = situations like that, you're going to have issues around safety of = children, and safety of women. None of that's a surprise to me. But = quite frankly, there needs to be a reflection by everyone. And I agree = with you about perception that people who are living in those = circumstances, get to a level of desperation and disempowerment that is = enveloping. 

JAYES: Well. Linda Burney, we're going to follow this = up with Matt Cunningham. He's been bringing your stories from the = Northern Territory. We'll also try and follow up with the minister to = see what can be done. We thank you for your time today. 

BURNEY: Thanks, Laura.

ENDS

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