Sunday, 23 August 2009

HANG YOUR HEAD AUSTRALIA IN SHAME: OUR FAILED PUBLIC POLICY ON HOUSING - #6

I hope the ABC doesn't mind but I am posting it directly so that there is no misunderstanding or misconstruction:

Macklin backs out of UN envoy visit

Posted Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:30am AEST

Professor Anaya is in Australia on a 10-day visit.

Professor Anaya is in Australia on a 10-day visit. (ABC TV)

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has cancelled a visit to a remote Northern Territory community with the United Nations rapporteur on indigenous rights.

Professor James Anaya is holding discussions about the rights of Indigenous people across Australia as part of a 10-day visit.

Today he is expected to meet with representatives from the Northern Land Council and the Laynhapuy Homelands Association in Yirrkala.

Ms Macklin was expected to join the visit this afternoon and take Professor Anaya to Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

It is one of the only places where construction has begun on the controversial Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program.

A spokeswoman says Ms Macklin has pulled out of the visit for personal reasons.

Professor Anaya will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation with Indigenous people in Australia next week.


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