Dear Readers, These are the questions put to Bess Price …

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Dear Readers,
These are the questions put to Bess Price by the Amnesty International group:

Does your party support Aboriginal people’s rights to live on their traditional country?
If elected, what plans do you have to support Aboriginal people’s rights to live on their traditional country in the next 4 years? And the longer term?
Does your party support School of the Air delivering education in people’s first language to homelands communities?
If elected, what plans do you have to support this in the next 4 years?
What is your party’s position on providing health services to homelands, outstations and smaller communities?
If elected, what housing outcomes will you support for families who have homelands as their main place of living?  
To what level would these be funded by your party if in Government?
Do you agree that homelands, outstations and smaller communities need increased funding, as is in place for growth towns?
To what level would homelands and outstations, as well as smaller communities, be funded by your party if in Government?
Could you please provide concise written responses to these questions by no later than Thursday 9th August. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss any matters further.
James Milsom and Rachel Toovey
Members of the Alice Springs Action Group of Amnesty International

Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online

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