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ALP urged to end 'touchy feely' Indigenous affairs

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 14 December 2004

The Australian Labor Party's national vice-president, Warren Mundine, has called on his own party to end its "touchy feely" approach to Indigenous affairs.

Mr Mundine has criticised Labor's Indigenous affairs spokesman Kim Carr, saying he speaks for the minority of party members.

Mr Mundine says although he does not support the Government's policies, he thinks the notion of shared responsibility works.

"People need to sign on board in regard to improving their communities and making changes within their communities," he said.

"In regard to community safety, in regard to people who are committing crimes [they] need to stop committing crimes against Aboriginal people and need to sign up with their community and sign up with their elders to make sure they change their behaviour."

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