‘Least worst’ hous­ing deal

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there would have been some im­pact on those com­mu­ni­ties.

“I am proud to say we had a fight, we im­proved the of­fer and we got the best we can get.”

Mr Tin­ley said he was hope­ful of rene­go­ti­at­ing a long-term deal with a fu­ture gov­ern­ment.

There is com­mit­ment yet from the Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion to pro­vide a bet­ter deal, but he said those dis­cus­sions would be held.

Shadow Abo­rig­i­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the agree­ment was more than $300 mil­lion short of what the State Gov­ern­ment had pre­vi­ously claimed it needed.

“The min­is­ter, as I un­der­stand it, said he doesn’t like the politi­ci­sa­tion of the is­sue,” he said.

“Well, they are the ones who politi­cised it when they ran a $250,000 don’t walk away cam­paign on the east coast.”

Mr Red­man said Mr Tin­ley was gam­bling with re­mote com­mu­nity res­i­dents’ well­be­ing by pin­ning his hopes on bet­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with a fu­ture gov­ern­ment.

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