Bishop Chris McLeod, SA’s first Aboriginal Bishop and Rev’d Peter Sandeman CEO of Anglicare SA, stood together against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities during a rally in Victoria Square and march to Parliament House on 1 May. Reverend Sandeman, CEO of AnglicareSA and Bishop McLeod called on all South Australians to stand with them and AnglicareSA.
AnglicareSA is extremely concerned by the Commonwealth’s proposed transfer of responsibilities to state and territory governments for the funding of municipal and essential services to regional and remote Aboriginal communities.
The CEO of Anglicare South Australia Peter Sandeman said “The Commonwealth Government’s intention to withdraw the funding of municipal and essential services on remote and regional Aboriginal homelands throughout Australia represents a failure in its responsibility for the safety and future of Aboriginal Peoples from Outstations/Homelands.”
Reverend Sandeman said, “We believe the intended withdrawal of funding shows a lack of understanding of what the forced community closures will mean to the people whose social, mental, spiritual and physical lives will be directly impacted by the decision.”
He continues ‘ Whilst we are pleased that Commonwealth funding has been provided to SA to provide continued support of communities in South Australia, we are standing with our South Australian Aboriginal communities who are standing in support of all Aboriginal communities who are at threat right around Australia.”
AnglicareSA is calling on all South Australians to do the same.