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Aborigines not getting the houses they were promised

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According to the BBC,

A report into an ambitious housing scheme for Australia‘s Aboriginals has found that not one dwelling has been built in the year since it began.
The project aims to construct 750 homes in the Northern Territory and refurbish hundreds of others.Officials blamed “administration problems” for the delays – which prompted one minister to quit. The slow pace of this ambitious programme to help Aboriginal families almost brought down the Northern Territory government when a former minister quit in disgust at the lack of progress.

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Aborigines in the news

Arnhem Land, Australia.
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The BBC writes that a report has come out in Australia about Aboriginal social and economic trends. The report is not good:

The report measured 50 key indicators of disadvantage, and found that there has been no improvement in 80% of them.

There have been no gains, for instance, in literacy or numeracy rates.

In an otherwise bleak assessment, one of the few areas of improvement was employment.

Prim Minister Mr Rudd

called this a devastating report which was unacceptable and required decisive action.

The BBC article has links to several other stories about Aborigines living in Australia today:

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