The Northern Territory’s peak housing body says the NT and Federal Governments must finalise an agreement on funding for remote housing before the next election.
The Territory Government has committed to spending one billion dollars over a decade to improve remote housing, and the Federal Government last year pledged 550 million dollars over five years.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said Land Councils haven’t been involved in the design and delivery of houses, which is a threshold issue for the Commonwealth. While the Territory Government says the Commonwealth has put a number of unacceptable clauses in the draft agreement.
Peter McMillan from NT Shelter says it’s incumbent on both governments to get the situation sorted out:
“What’s important is that we get this deal finalised before the election because once we get into a federal election, if there’s no agreement that’s been finalised the question remains as to what the prospects of that funding are with an incoming government.”
Transcript of NT Shelter’s Executive Officer Peter McMillan on ABC Radio Darwin. Listen to the segment here.