Entertainment Tennant Creek children involved in break-ins to steal food, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told

03:00  04 july  2018
03:00  04 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Food . Recipes. Nigel Scullion says he has asked the Northern Territory government to be open about the circumstances preceding the alleged rape of a Tennant Creek toddler. The Indigenous affairs minister has called on the Northern Territory government to be open and transparent about

On Monday evening Turnbull tweeted that the meeting was “constructive and positive” and said the indigenous affairs minister , Nigel Scullion , and the social services minister , Dan Tehan, would go to Tennant Creek in July.

Tennant Creek children involved in break-ins to steal food, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told© AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones Tennant Creek children involved in break-ins to steal food, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told Very young children in Tennant Creek are getting involved in break-ins simply to steal food, federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been told, during a visit to the troubled Northern Territory town.

Since the rape of a two-year-old girl in Tennant Creek in February, Senator Scullion has visited several times, and on Tuesday he invited the media to film his visit to services funded by the Federal Government in the town to ensure there can be no doubt about the contribution the Commonwealth is making to tackling Indigenous disadvantage in remote communities.

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The coalition has come under fire in recent months in the NT for its perceived lack of interest in helping to fund the November recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, and for not acting to help with the Tennant Creek child protection crisis.

The Country Liberal Party's Opposition Leader Gary Higgins even called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take a greater interest in northern Australia's Indigenous issues.

Along with the Social Services Minister Dan Tehan, Senator Scullion visited the town's residential alcohol rehabilitation service run by the Barkly Regional Alcohol and Drug Advisory Group (BRADAG), sobering up shelter facilities, and the kitchen where cooking and other programs are run for patients receiving treatment for their addictions.

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"I'm doing this for my three kids," rehab patient Janine Lane told the Senator.

"I've got another month to go here, then I'm going to leave Tennant Creek and take my kids away from here and all the alcohol problems here."

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Barkly mayor Steve Edgington met Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion on Tuesday to discuss issues including Ali Curung and alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek .

Like many of the town's services tackling the symptoms of disadvantage, the BRADAG has a long waiting list of 65 people, said CEO Pauline Reynolds.

"People who self-refer, we always make sure we take right away, even if we don't have a funded bed available, but with referrals from corrections, people have to wait," she said.

Children breaking and entering to steal food

The ministers also met with police and staff from the NT Education Department, including regional manager Lynette English, who told them that very young children in the town are starting to get involved in break-ins to steal food.

"Kids from the ages of seven to 11 are breaking into businesses simply because they're hungry, it's as simple as that," she said.

Indigenous community leader Linda Turner told the ministers that residents are desperate for the Territory and Federal Government to agree to spend in Tennant Creek some of the $1 billion they have committed for Indigenous housing Territory-wide over the next five years.

"That's a story we've spoken about many times — we still need housing, there still overcrowding, there's still 20 people to a house and there's no affordable housing for people," Ms Turner said.

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The assaults led to the Indigenous affairs minister , Nigel Scullion , asking the NT government to explain what had happened to the children , and what role authorities may have played in their lives.

Mr Tehan said he had listened carefully to everyone he met: "We've come to listen, the key is better services coordination and we've heard that loud and clear":

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Since the toddler's rape, the Federal Government has been under pressure to show it's helping the NT combat the underlying social problems putting its children at risk.

Poverty, unemployment, overcrowded housing and poor education outcomes have meant the Territory's child protection system has never been able to keep up with demand.

The two-year-old's case was one of multiple cases in which multiple reports had been made to child protection authorities about a family at risk, without the Territory Government stepping in with a statutory response.

The NT Government accused the Commonwealth of hobbling its plans to respond to the royal commission's recommendations on how to fix a long-broken system, by not making a financial contribution.

"We simply haven't seen the action from the Federal Government apart from calling a royal commission and then not doing very much to help us implement the recommendations," said NT Treasurer Nicole Manison last month.

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The ministers did not make any new financial commitments.

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Fifteen children removed from families in Tennant Creek , NT says. Read more. So they formed a cultural authority group, which now has financial backing from the NT government and the federal minister for Indigenous affairs .

Food . The minister for Indigenous affairs , Nigel Scullion (left), with the prime minister , Malcolm Turnbull. The head of the Northern Land Council called on Turnbull to find a new Indigenous affairs minister if the Coalition win the 2 July election.

"We're sick of the Northern Territory Government bleating about 'give me more money', we've had experts tell us that's not actually the problem," said Senator Scullion.

Mr Tehan said that 87 recommendations from the royal commission were for the NT Government to improve its child protection systems, not for the Commonwealth to act upon.

"What we are here about, though, is to end the blame game," he said.

"We are here so that we can all work together."

After meeting the ministers, Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield was more conciliatory following strong comments accusing the Commonwealth of abrogating its responsibility to help the NT.

"We are pleased to see Dan Tehan and Nigel Scullion here and we want to work together with the Federal Government who are funding significant services here," she said.

When asked how many new houses Tennant Creek could expect in the future, Ms Wakefield couldn't say, and only promised more housing maintenance on out-of-use public houses.

On the royal commission's recommendation, the Productivity Commission is investigating what and where federal dollars are spent supporting vulnerable Territory families.

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