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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019

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TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA lion in 2018-19 to $430 million in 2023-24. In June, Dr Parker wrote to Mr Hunt and Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt, begging them to increase public hospital funding for the NT. Dr Parker said the NTs health crisis was above politics but the Gunner Government was not in a position to invest any more money. The NT Government is broke, he said. This money needs to come from the Fed Members of the Gumatj clan prepare for bunggul (traditional dance) at the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land Picture: AAP IMAGE/SUPPLIED BY YOTHU YINDI FOUNDATION, PETER EVE GREG ROBERTS FEDERAL Health Minister Greg Hunt says while he acknowledges the NTs health woes, the Commonwealth is already providing substantial funds for the Territorys public hospital system and will not commit to a financial bailout. Mr Hunts comments were in a letter he sent to Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Rob Parker recently. Australian Government funding contributions for public hospitals in the Northern Territory is increasing substantially, Mr Hunt said. Commonwealth funding for public hospitals in the Northern Territory has grown from $152.1 million in 2012-13 to $271.3 million in 2017-18. Commonwealth funding will continue to grow over the next six years from $285.7 mil Feds rule out NT hospital cash bailout eral Government. However, in his return letter, Mr Hunt did not pledge any fresh funds. Thank you for writing on this matter, Mr Hunt said. I thank the Australian Medical Association Northern Territorys ongoing support and look forward to continuing to work with you Mr Wyatt also thanked Dr Parker for raising his concerns. I agree that we can, and must, do more to improve health outcomes for indigenous Territorians, he said. Thank you also for sharing your concerns and highlighting the challenges with health service delivery. NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said last week she travelled to Canberra and met with Mr Hunt. There were positive conversations about some of the election commitments and the time frames that would be delivered, she said. LAUREN ROBERTS Health Reporter Needs to come from the Federal Government A M A N T P R E S I D E N T D R R O B P A R K E R PROMINENT indigenous academic Marcia Langton says Aboriginal people in big cities are not disadvantaged, and handing out taxpayer funds to help them is hurting those in desperate need. Professor Langton, from the University of Melbournes Indigenous Studies department, said she was prepared to stand up and say: yes I am indigenous but I am not disadvantaged. We have to get a bit tough and up to 50 per cent of the in City indigenous not disadvantaged digenous population could stand with me and say I am indigenous but I am not disadvantaged like people in the Northern Territory, she said at the Garma Aboriginal festival in Arnhem Land. The Commonwealth Grants Commission allocates GST funds to the states and territories under the horizontal equalisation formula aimed at tackling areas in need, with the indigenous a vital factor. The Northern Territory is experiencing a decline in its share of the national indigenous population, according to census data relied on to hand out funds. But it is not the reality with increasing numbers of people in cities identifying as Aboriginal when they complete the census, Professor Langton said. It is drawing money away from a desperate need in the Northern Territory, she said. Those states are able to take grants commission allocations for an Aboriginal population with none of the needs of the population here. She estimated another 25 per cent could be added to the NTs indigenous population. Missing woman cause for concern POLICE are concerned for the welfare of Channelle Aplin. The 30-year-old has not been seen since approximately 4am last Friday morning on Mitchell St. Family have not heard from Ms Aplin since then. Ms Aplin is described as being 160cm tall, of slim build, a tanned complexion, brown eyes and black hair. Ms Aplin has several distin guishing tattoos on her body. They include a tattoo of a crown on her right shoulder and names tattooed on her chest and inner right forearm. She was last seen on Friday August 2, wearing a tight-fitting green mini dress and a gold necklace. If anyone has sighted Ms Aplin or knows of her current whereabouts please contact police on 131444. Channelle Aplin

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