Colin Barnett dismisses NT Chief Minister’s comments about Aboriginal people being ‘misplaced’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Print Email Facebook Twitter MoreColin Barnett dismisses NT Chief Minister’s comments about Aboriginal people being ‘misplaced’By Jacob KagiUpdated about 2 hours ago PHOTO: Colin Barnett says no Aboriginal community in WA has closed. (ABC News: Andrew O’Connor)RELATED STORY: ‘Take your homeless Indigenous people back’ NT Chief tells WA PremierMAP: Perth 6000Western Australia’s Premier has brushed off calls for his state to “take back” hundreds of homeless Aboriginal people in Darwin, describing comments from Northern Territory’s Chief Minister as “misplaced”.Chief Minister Adam Giles yesterday said he wrote to Colin Barnett several months ago claiming “some of his people had been dislocated from Western Australia” and had moved to Darwin, putting extreme pressure on the city’s support services.Mr Giles said one Aboriginal support service was catering for an extra 700 people, primarily from WA, and requested Mr Barnett do something to take them back.But Mr Barnett rejected Mr Giles’ claim the issue had anything to do with the possibility of remote Indigenous communities in WA being closed.”I just simply wrote back to Adam and said ‘listen mate, that’s the normal course of events, people move around … we’ve got no evidence of an exodus of Aboriginal people from Western Australia’,” Mr Barnett said.

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