3000+ govt jobs created from intervention: Macklin

Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin.

Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin.

NATIONAL: Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin says that since 2007, there had been almost 3000 government jobs created thanks to the intervention into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Her department’s report also claims the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children has climbed since the intervention in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

The commonwealth intervention has reduced the number of Aboriginal kids with early development problems by 20 per cent in three years, claims the first six-monthly report into the scheme, News Limited reports.

To be released by Ms Macklin today, the report claims Aboriginal children are improving on the Australian Early Development Index.

The index measures health and wellbeing, and social and communication skills.

The number of children who were at risk on two or more early development indicators dropped from 47 per cent in 2009 to 38 per cent in 2012.

But this was still behind national figures for Aboriginal children, which slid from 30 to 26 per cent.

Stronger Futures is the federal government’s controversial decade-long $3.4 billion project to elevate Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, replacing the Howard government’s intervention in 73 Indigenous communities.

“The best thing we can do for Aboriginal people in the NT is make sure there are good jobs available in their communities,” she said.

Services included the delivery of breakfast and lunch to children in 67 schools every day, and 12,683 Aboriginal youths engaged in community activities to keep them in school.

AAP

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