Closure of remote communities devastates residents | REDFLAG

Western Australian Liberal premier Colin Barnett is closing 150 of the state’s 274 remote Indigenous communities. In a vile display of paternalism and racism, the premier announced in November that the state could not afford to provide basic services such as sewerage and electricity to the communities, calling them “economically unviable”.

Eighty percent are in the Kimberley, inhabited by between 12,000 and 15,000 people. Speaking to the Guardian on 2 February, WA Aboriginal affairs minister Peter Collier made clear his contempt for these people, saying, “To actually go out and go to all the communities is just nonsensical.”

via Closure of remote communities devastates residents | REDFLAG.

via Closure of remote communities devastates residents | REDFLAG.

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