Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 03, 2022


National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (16:58): My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs regarding the national partnership on remote housing. Has the minister contacted the federal minister to discuss the national partnership on remote housing and, if not, why not, given his concerns that he believes the current funding is inadequate?

The Hon. I.K. Hunter: We're in caretaker mode. Goodness gracious, there is an election on, Michelle. There is an election on. Caretaker mode, heard of that?

The PRESIDENT: Order! Please continue.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: It's just like mentioning Transforming Health. Off they go, especially the Hon. Mr Hunter. Since coming to office, has the minister had any discussions with any other state or territory ministers responsible for remote housing? If not, why not? Also, since coming to office, what formal advice or briefings has the minister sought or received from the South Australian Housing Authority on NPARIH and remote housing?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (16:58): I will refer those questions to the minister responsible for remote Aboriginal housing in the other place, the Minister for Human Services.