Indian Country 52 #11 – Lifestyle Choices
““What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have,” Abbott said during a visit to the historic city on Tuesday.
“If people choose to live miles away from where there’s a school, if people choose not to access the school of the air, if people choose to live where there’s no jobs, obviously it’s very, very difficult to close the gap,” he said.
“It is not unreasonable for the state government to say if the cost of providing services in a particular remote location is out of all proportion to the benefits being delivered,” Abbott said. “Fine, by all means live in a remote location, but there’s a limit to what you can expect the state to do for you if you want to live there.”
Labor’s spokesman on Indigenous affairs, Shayne Neumann, told Guardian Australia that the comments from the man who said he was going to be the prime minister for Indigenous affairs were “deeply disturbing and highly offensive”.”
– The Gaurdian, Remote communities are ‘lifestyle choices’, says Tony Abbott .
““I think it’s a bit more complicated than that,” Mr Mundine told ABC radio.
“These people are connected to their homeland … it affects their cultural activities.
“It’s not as if someone has decided to have a sea change in the bush. This is about their life. It’s about their very essence and culture.
“It’s not a lifestyle change for them, it’s actually about their culture.””
– News AU, Tony Abbott tells indigenous Australians taxpayers can’t fund their ‘lifestyle choices’ .
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