Appointing an administrator to the APY Lands must be new Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher’s first priority following news that the Acting General Manager has resigned.
“Appointing an administrator to the APY Lands must be the number one priority for Minister Maher right now,” said Shadow Aboriginal Affairs Minister Duncan McFetridge.
“Last year the State Liberals voted to give the Government the power to install an administrator on the APY Lands, but despite this legislation being urgently rushed through Parliament, we are yet to see any progress.
“With the resignation of the fifth APY General Manager, surely Minister Maher will get the message and put in an administrator to provide stability.
“Surely Premier Weatherill, as a former Aboriginal Affairs Minister, will also support the appointment of an administrator to sort out the rolling financial and governance disasters.
“The State Liberals have pledged to work in a bipartisan way with the new Minister.
“It’s time to redouble our efforts to tackle the entrenched disadvantage that plagues the lives of too many of South Australia’s 30,000 indigenous citizens.
“However, this cannot occur without good governance being put in place first and this is where Minister Maher needs to step in.
“It’s time that the Weatherill Labor Government steps in and exercises leadership in the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, beginning with appointing an administrator to the APY Lands.”