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Ministerial Statement Response to Public Accounts Committee Report No.28 on the Provision of Health Services to Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory

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Ministerial Statement Response to Public Accounts Committee Report No.28 on the Provision of Health Services to Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory

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Tabled Paper 3097

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Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

1997-02-26

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/289885

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/403373

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OF THE ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE. THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE HAS MADE 54 RECOMMENDATIONS. THE NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT UNCONDITIONALLY AGREES WITH OVER THREE QUARTERS OF THESE. OF THE REMAINING DOZEN OR SO RECOMMENDATIONS, THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THE INTENT AND RATIONALE BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE SUGGESTED IMPLEMENTATION METHODOLOGY. I SUPPOSE I COULD DESCRIBE MOST OF THE REMAINDER OF MY SPEECH AS AN EXCEPTION REPORT. AS THE ISSUES UPON WHICH WE DISAGREE ARE SO FEW AND THE REASONS ARE NOT MAJOR, I INTEND TO OUTLINE OUR DIFFERENCES RATHER THAN DISCUSS WHERE WE ARE IN ACCORD. THERE IS A RISK THAT IN DOING SO, IT COULD BE CONSTRUED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THE THRUST OF THE REPORT. I REITERATE, THEREFORE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THE GREAT BULK OF THE REPORT AND CONSIDERS IT TO BE A LAND MARK DOCUMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT. I SHOULD POINT OUT ALSO, MR SPEAKER, THAT A GREAT DEAL OF ACTION IS UNDERWAY NOW IN MANY OF THE AREAS COVERED BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS. RECOMMENDATION 5,6, 18 & 28 ARE LINKED AND RELATE TO A SPECIALIST TASK FORCE. RECOMMENDATION 5 CALLS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SELECT TASK FORCE TO REPORT TO THE HEALTH MINISTER TO SEEK OUT EFFECTIVE HEALTH SERVICE AND COMMUNITY ACTION MODELS AND ESTABLISH THE MEANS FOR APPLYING THEM. MR SPEAKER, THE GOVERNMENT WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREES THAT A TACTICAL, LEARNING APPROACH IS CRUCIAL TO NEGOTIATING THE ABORIGINAL HEALTH LABYRINTH. INDEED, MY DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY TAKEN THE STEPS OF ESTABLISHING A TIGHTLY-KNIT ABORIGINAL HEALTH STRATEGY UNIT, TASKED WITH SPEARHEADING THE DEPARTMENT'S AMBITION OF ACHIEVING MEASURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE HEALTH OF ABORIGINAL TERRITORIANS. OF THE NINE STAFF, SIX - INCLUDING THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY - ARE ABORIGINAL, WITH STRONG COMMUNITY LINKS. THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE SECRETARY OF TERRITORY