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Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby groups

Postby mothra » 02 Nov 2018, 08:06

Scullion directs Indigenous funds to cattle and fishing lobby groups

Nigel Scullion defends giving nearly half a million dollars to business groups to argue how they might be negatively impacted by Indigenous land claims.

Almost $500,000 in funding earmarked for Aboriginal disadvantage programs was directed towards powerful lobby groups representing cattle ranching and fishing.

At a senate estimates hearing last week, the Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion said he approved the grants to the industry groups for legal fees to formally state how they might be negatively affected by land rights claims.

Before claims are granted to Aboriginal people under the NT Land Rights Act, authorities must take into consideration negative impact to others who are using the site.

But Mr Scullion denied that the grants would allow industry groups to oppose land rights claims.

“No, not at all,” he said.

“It’s about making their position on how they use the land at the moment, about how different determinations may affect their industry in different ways, but it certainly wouldn’t be opposing land claims.”

The grants come from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, a $4.9 billion policy shake up brought in by Tony Abbott to cut red tape but since criticised by Indigenous community groups as a failure.

Mr Scullion approved grants of $150,000 to the NT Seafood Council, $170,000 to the NT Amateur Fishermen’s Association and $165,000 to the NT Cattlemen’s Association.

The move has been criticised by the opposition who says the minister is treating the IAS like his own “slush fund”.

“Minister Scullion needs to explain why money that is specifically for closing the gap and advancing the lives of First Nations People has been given to non-Indigenous organisations to argue they would suffer detriment from land claims,” Senator Malarndirri McCarthy told the Guardian.

“The minister should also explain if other non-Indigenous organisations have received IAS grants to oppose land and native title claims.

“The Abbott-Turnbull–Morrison government has failed First Nations Australians.”

Amateur fishermen in the Northern Territory have been outspoken about land rights, which can lock them out of coastlines and rivers claimed by Traditional Owners.

The cattle and fishing industries have also argued that successful Aboriginal land claims jeopardise their multi-billion dollar industries.

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/10/31/scullion-directs-indigenous-funds-cattle-and-fishing-lobby-groups?%3F&fbclid=IwAR0DCxlZdDEEaNaAgtIbmoUe7OslTKAeiNNEm1Kcncx7aBJFiN06atovI1Y
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby johnsmith » 02 Nov 2018, 08:41

more bullshit by the libs to give our tax dollars to their political donors
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby mothra » 02 Nov 2018, 09:50

Of course the ultimate dog act is that they will continue to rile up the great unwashed on how much money is "wasted" on Aboriginal affairs while continuing to pimp us all the worst case scenarios and locking up 10 year olds and kids for driving without a license.
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby pinkeye » 04 Nov 2018, 21:20

mothra wrote:Of course the ultimate dog act is that they will continue to rile up the great unwashed on how much money is "wasted" on Aboriginal affairs while continuing to pimp us all the worst case scenarios and locking up 10 year olds and kids for driving without a license.


It is. The secret sins of the plutocracy would scare the shit out of us... the people of Australia. Us.. the voters. We appear to be sheep.
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby Aussie » 04 Nov 2018, 21:30

The one I am far more concerned about is Morrison taking from the NDIS to fund drought assistance in the 3.1 Billions. I'd rather forgo a French submarine.
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby johnsmith » 14 Nov 2018, 14:58

and in further news

Nigel Scullion awards Indigenous grant money to CLP president's employer

A Northern Territory consulting company that employs Country Liberal Party president Ron Kelly was awarded more than $1.4 million through federal grants intended to tackle Indigenous disadvantage.

North Australian Remote Management Consultants (NARMCO) was given the money by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion over a three-year period through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and the Aboriginal Benefits Account.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy is a $4.9 billion federal fund that was designed "to improve the way that the Government does business with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure funding actually achieves outcomes".

NARMCO is not an Aboriginal-owned company, but has previously said it works with Indigenous companies.

It is unclear how the award of funds achieves the stated aims of the IAS fund.

Mr Scullion has recently faced criticism for his allocation of IAS funds, with Indigenous groups calling for an investigation into the awarding of hundreds of thousands worth of Indigenous grants to a variety of non-Indigenous groups to assist their legal opposition of land right claims.

The NT Amateur Fishermen's Association, the NT Cattlemen's Association and the NT Seafood Council received funds.

Mr Scullion told the ABC he issued NARMCO with a "show-cause notice" about how it intended to manage the perceived conflict of interest, but the company declined to comment on how it handled that and said it was following proper processes.

ASIC records show NARMCO was established by longstanding CLP member John Jansen in 2003.

According to Government records, the company received its first IAS payment in June 2015 — nine months after Mr Scullion assumed the role of Indigenous Affairs Minister.

Mr Scullion was president of the CLP until October when he was succeeded by Mr Kelly, who formerly worked as Mr Scullion's chief of staff.

Mr Kelly began working for NARMCO in February 2018.

He previously worked as former NT chief minister Adam Giles's chief of staff before being handed a lucrative role as chief executive of the NT Department of Mines and Energy in 2015.
NARMCO 'supporting regional and remote people'

NARMCO's first grant through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was awarded in June 2015.

It received $385,000 for a 12-month project that was later amended by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to $330,000 for a 36-month project in Katherine, under the heading of "provide employee management and support".

Later in June 2015, the company received $225,000 listed as money "to provide Indigenous employment and economic development and business support services to indigenous Australians".

It was later changed to a 13-month contract from a 28-month term, which is permitted under the grant rules.

On September 13, 2017, NARMCO was again awarded $251,453 for a 10-month project in Katherine, but this time through the Aboriginal Benefits Account to "deliver outcomes by getting adults into jobs, fostering Indigenous business and assisting indigenous people".

On December 7, 2017, the company received $289,300 for "VRD Quarry Enterprises — Indigenous Business Entity Establishment" to run until June 2018.

The ABC asked Senator Scullion and NARMCO to explain how the grant money was spent for each project listed.

NARMCO said it supported "regional and remote people to establish and develop sustainable businesses and implement Indigenous employment programs", but would not release the names of which companies they worked with, citing confidentiality issues.

It said it could not comment on how it spent the money, and added that it does not distribute the funds to Indigenous companies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

"On limited occasions the Commonwealth Government has provided grants to NARMCO to manage infrastructure developments for client's benefit in communities," it said in a statement.

"Outsourcing project management and infrastructure development is a common practice of both the Commonwealth and NT governments, particularly where there is limited capacity at a community or organisational level."
Explanation sought on perceived conflict of interest

Mr Scullion said all grants to the company "have been made in accordance with departmental guidelines and directly benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Territorians".

He added that all grants to NARMCO were awarded before Mr Kelly was elected CLP president in October.

But Mr Kelly commenced employment with NARMCO in February of this year — and on July 2, 2018, NARMCO was awarded $341,000 for "business advisory services" through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to run through October 2019.

Mr Scullion said he had asked NARMCO to explain to him how it would manage the perceived conflict of interest.

"Upon his election [as president], my department briefed me on the potential issues relating to Mr Kelly's position within the Country Liberal Party," he said.

"I agreed with my department's proposed course of action to issue NARMCO with a show-cause notice to explain how it would manage these concerns."

NARMCO would not comment on how they handled that notice, but indicated they were following proper procedures.

"All NARMCO employees are aware of the need to manage their volunteer interests to ensure they do not to impinge on their work with NARMCO," the company said.

"All NARMCO employees are aware … of the need to manage potential and real conflicts of interest."

NARMCO would not reveal how much of the grant money was used to pay salaries for the company's employees, including Mr Kelly.

It said none of the funding had been used to assist the CLP or any of its branches.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-14/clp-ron-kelly-indigenous-funding-narmco-nigel-scullion/10494148
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby mothra » 14 Nov 2018, 15:04

Shameless. Utterly shameless.
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Re: Aboriginal funding given to anti-land rights lobby group

Postby johnsmith » 14 Nov 2018, 15:07

mothra wrote:Shameless. Utterly shameless.



lefty has posted on ozpol that the senate has passed a bill for a federal ICAC

http://www.ozpolitic.com/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1542164400

bring it on I say. Long overdue

I tried finding the story online but so far I've come up empty.

Can someone ask him his source please?
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