Col­lier de­fends bush meet­ing ab­sence

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier has de­fended his ab­sence from last month’s Yule River Meet­ing be­cause of com­mit­ments in his ed­u­ca­tion port­fo­lio.

The ques­tion of non-at­ten­dance was raised by Greens Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Robin Chap­ple, to which Mr Col­lier said he un­der­stood tra­di­tional own­ers were dis­ap­pointed.

“I made it quite clear to the tra­di­tional own­ers that I had to go to Ade­laide for the min­is­te­rial coun­cil meet­ing,” he said.

“We are talk­ing about a new na­tional part­ner­ship for ed­u­ca­tion. Ev­ery other ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter was there; I had to go.

“It is not like I said I could not go be­cause I had to wash the cat or some­thing; I could not go for some le­git­i­mate rea­sons.”

Mr Col­lier said his door was al­ways open if tra­di­tional own­ers wanted to meet with him.

A res­o­lu­tion was made and pre­sented to Mr Col­lier re­quest­ing his at­ten­dance af­ter last years’ meet.

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