Australian Aboriginal News & Current Affairs
The most up-to-date and relevant news stories regarding Aboriginal culture

Do you want to be the owner of this superb concert class Didj? Just answer our Questionnaire

Win a Concert Class Didj!

Visit The Didjshop - the largest and most extensive virtual didjeridu shop

Have a read of the comments left by visitors to the didjshop

Now to the story...

Haase defends Indigenous health spending

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 5 October 2004

The Liberal Member for the Western Australian seat of Kalgoorlie, Barry Haase, says Aborigines need to start taking responsibility for their own health.

The Rural Doctors Association says the standard of Indigenous health across the country is a national disgrace and the Coalition and Labor need to commit an extra $400 million a year.

But Mr Haase says enough money is already being put into the area and the Government is being unfairly criticised.

"Too many people, of course, will be very happily going along abusing their bodies with all manner of circumstances and substances and, of course, then in their later years expect the government of the day...whoever that might make them all better again," he said.

The Greens' candidate for Kalgoorlie, Kado Muir, has accused Mr Haase of being out of touch with Aboriginal issues.

Mr Muir says the Howard Government has turned its back on Aborigines and Mr Haase has done little to improve Aboriginal health in the region since he has been the Member.

"This is an outrage. We have families suffering, people are dying and all Barry can do is blame the people. What does he expect us to cake stalls to buy dialysis machines?"

Return to Top

Return to The Didjshop's Aboriginal News Web Log

Links to other web sites about Aboriginal Australia

Visit The Didjshop

Check out the world's coolest shop for didgeridoos

Click here to receive occasional email Newsletters from The Didjshop

The Didgeridoo Specialist - founder of