Aboriginal maternal and child health services (17.10.2017)

Written on the 17 October 2017


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

GEORGIE CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)



It is typical of the Andrews government, who are so desperate to hold the seat of Northcote that they are making announcements in the seat to suit their purposes and not what is in the best interests of Victorians.

I refer to the announcement made by Minister Mikakos of $1.2 million in Aboriginal maternal and child health initiative grants. Ten local government areas (LGAs) will share in the grants including Darebin, which encompasses the seat of Northcote.

According to the last ABS census, out of the 10 LGAs chosen for the grants, Darebin rates last for the percentage of Aboriginal children under the age of 14.

If you look at the LGAs in the top 10 which are receiving grants which I am not questioning, they include:

- Mitchell, with 40.62 per cent of Aboriginals under the age of 14;

- Swan Hill, 39.05;

- Latrobe at 38.01; and

- Whittlesea, Warrnambool, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Wyndham and Greater Geelong.

All very important areas.

Yet areas like Mildura, which Mr O'Sullivan and Ms Lovell represent, have 278 children between ages 0 and 4, and 535 between 5 and 14, or 39.37 per cent of the community.

They will not be receiving these important grants.

Also not funded are the areas of Greater Bendigo and Shepparton, which are also represented by Ms Lovell and Mr O'Sullivan.

Ms Lovell interjected.

Ms CROZIER Exactly. What a disgrace that the government and the minister are blatantly campaigning and using taxpayer money in an inner-city seat that they are desperate to hold in the upcoming by-election rather than directing the money to where it is most needed.



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