Indigenous advancement funding redirected to cattlemen and fishing groups

Nigel Scullion gave almost half a million dollars to groups to argue how they might be negatively impacted by land rights claimsIndigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion has given almost half a million dollars’ worth of funds earmarked for alleviating Indigenous disadvantage to fishing and cattlemen’s groups in the Northern Territory. The grants will go towards legal fees for the groups to argue how they might be negatively impacted by land rights claims, he told a Senate estimates hearing last week.The move has angered the opposition, who says the minister is treating the Indigenous advancement strategy (IAS) like his own “slush fund”. Continue reading…

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