Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NT) submission to the FORREST REVIEW

Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NT) submission to the FORREST REVIEW September 2014

The Forrest Review ‘Creating Parity’ was broad and covered a wide range of issues that affect Aboriginal people in the NT. The report itself was largely ideological and it is difficult to ascertain how these measures will hit the ground. Although APO NT supports some of the recommendations made, with respect to early childhood in particular, there are a number of recommendations that will significantly impact Aboriginal people in a negative way. APO NT are also deeply concerned by the premise underlying much of this report that remote community residents need to move away from their community and traditional country in order to obtain employment and participate in the mainstream economy. APO NT are also concerned that Aboriginal organisations are not recognised for their ability to employ large numbers of Aboriginal people and the investments that should be made into those organisations to retain and continue to employ Aboriginal people.