The Australian Greens have condemned attempts to mislead organisations into supporting the Stronger Futures legislation, which extends and expands the NT Intervention.
“A campaign appears to have started, presumably with the backing of the Government, to imply that by not supporting Stronger Futures, the Greens are opposing the ongoing funding of essential services in the NT- including services for primary health,” Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“Regardless of where it originated, this campaign is offensive and it is untrue.
“Organisations appear to have been told this and are clearly being misled.
“There is no reason that funding for community programs and resources, including those for primary health, cannot continue in the absence of the Stronger Futures legislation or if Stronger Futures has a shorter sunset clause of five years.
“The Greens fundamentally believe such investments need to be increased and improved, and are committed to getting increased funding for services in the NT.
“Any attempt to claim otherwise is disingenuous.