Pleas for Turnbull on remote Queensland housing

Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene amid a stalemate over funding for Indigenous housing in outback Queensland.

The $1.2 billion National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) expired last Saturday despite Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk writing to the prime minister in March with the promise of $1.08 billion for the next 10 years.

A Queensland government spokesperson on Wednesday said they had made repeated approaches to the Turnbull government.

“We know the need in these communities is critical, not only to reduce overcrowding but to generate jobs and stimulate local economies,” the spokesperson said.

The Palaszczuk government allocated $239 million in its budget in June to keep projects running during ongoing negotiations with the Commonwealth, which did not include funding in its May budget.

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Source: SMH