Aboriginal leaders on Cape York have called for
an equal partnership with the Federal Government to fix difficult
social problems such as substance abuse and welfare dependency.
Prime Minister has held talks with community leaders in Weipa overnight.
rights activist Noel Pearson and others told Mr Howard they do
not want him alone to fix the problems.
They said they wanted the
Government to work in partnership with the Cape communities.
"We need government, the shoulder of government,
behind us in the work that we do," Mr Pearson said.
agreed, saying governments cannot drive the change.
"But we need the shoulders of individuals,
and we need the shoulders of business, and we need the shoulders
of local communities," he said.
Mr Howard flies to Aurukun
today for a land and health summit.
Aurukun mayor Jacob Wolmby
says he will show the Prime Minister the success of tough community
"They are important because some people are
misusing their relationship with the grog," he said.
debate continues over the future of ATSIC, Mr Howard will also
hear from its youngest ever regional councillor today, Tania Major.
"I wouldn't get involved with politics, with
ATSIC, if I thought it was dysfunctional," she said.