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NT Government submission to Emergency Response Review



NT Government submission to Emergency Response Review


Henderson, Paul; Scrymgour, Marion

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Australian Labor Party


Media Releases for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Media Releases; ParliamentNT






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Northern Territory Government

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Northern Territory Government

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Key Recommendations Community Engagement Program delivery is more effective when it is informed by, developed with, and implemented in partnership with, the community. Adoption of best practice communications techniques, a concerted effort to employ locals and high quality, locally delivered governance and leadership training are recommended. Income Management Income Management should only be applied on the basis of behavioural triggers (such as school attendance, alcohol and justice orders, child neglect and rent arrears) or on a voluntary basis. CDEP CDEP should require the transition of people to work where jobs are available, support mobility for those individuals who chose to move to obtain work, and provide a wage and incentives regime where there is currently a substantial jobs gap in the local labour market. Mechanisms must be put in place ensure that CDEP is not used as a mechanism to avoid income management (by strictly applying eligibility criteria for entering the CDEP program based on the behavioural triggers for income management; and by strictly applying employer-employee responsibilities while participating in the CDEP program). Racial Discrimination Act The suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act is not supported on the basis that it is not good public policy. Ceasing blanket application of Income Management and transitioning compulsory 5-year leases to negotiated leases under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act will facilitate reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act. A New Governance Framework A new partnership arrangement to be managed by the NT is required across the three tiers of Government, the non-government and community sectors. This new partnership will require a transparent and accountable implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework. It should be designed as a key governance mechanism to manage and align the range of initiatives, strategies and evidence-based reporting requirements to be applied to the Closing the Gap programs of both governments. Resources The Northern Territory Government has committed $300 million to its Closing the Gap package over the next four years. However, the submission argues that significant funding is required from the Commonwealth given the magnitude of the challenge in overcoming Indigenous disadvantage.

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