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Media Watch, 1
Friday, November 08, 2002
WHO SAID THERE'S NO PLACE FOR GOVERNMENT
Over $60 mill of our money could have been better spent, according to Mr Harold Furber. By him.
The Central Australian Stolen Generation and Families Corporation says it wants to know what has happened to $63 million earmarked for members of the stolen generation.
In a discussion paper, to be released nationally next week, the corporation accuses the Federal Department of Health and some Aboriginal organisations of using the money to top up existing programs.
The corporation's Harold Furber says in 1997, about $40 million went to the Health Department and about $20 million was given to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
"All these funds ought to have come under the umbrella of the stolen generation people so the healing programs, the counselling program and the link-up program can be all coordinated from the one body,"
$60 mill for counselling; sounds fair enough to me.