Cash­less card plea to PM

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

WEST Aus­tralian indige­nous and com­mu­nity lead­ers are plead­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter to urgently ex­pand cash­less wel­fare card roll­outs, re­leas­ing a graphic video de­pict­ing “war zone” con­di­tions across the state. Indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion worker Jean O’Reeri broke down in tears de­scrib­ing re­mote and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties rav­aged by wel­fare- fu­elled drug and al­co­hol abuse. Ms O’Reeri joined del­e­gates to show Mal­colm Turn­bull the video in Can­berra yes­ter­day. The video in­cludes footage of bru­tal fights among indige­nous peo­ple and statis­tics re­veal­ing the ex­tent of vi­o­lence and sex­ual abuse in com­mu­ni­ties. In one town, 184 of about 500 chil­dren had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

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