Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Making Indigenous Communities Safer

Joint Media Release with:

  • Bob Debus, Minister for Home Affairs

Night patrols to make remote Indigenous communities safer and more secure for families and children will continue as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER).

A total of $17.7 million has been allocated in the Budget for community night patrols over the 2008-2009 financial year.

The additional funding will enable the continued operation of night patrol services in the 73 communities covered by the NTER.

“Night patrols can help break the cycle of violence and crime in communities,”
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said.

“They patrol local community areas, identifying people who may be at risk and those who may commit offences. They take them home to their families or another appropriate place like a hospital or safe house.”

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus said the funding was particularly important for the protection of women and children.

“This funding will also reduce contact with the criminal justice system, empower Aboriginal people to take charge of their own communities and provide employment opportunities for local Indigenous people,” Mr Debus said.

The additional funding demonstrates the Australian Government’s strong commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and the safety of Indigenous communities.