States revolt over remote housing funding

A spat over remote housing funding has erupted between the Federal and State governments.

WA, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory have all questioned the future of Commonwealth funding with the end approaching to a 10-year scheme which pumped $4.5 billion into the issue.

National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing has been set to expire in June next year and Labor ministers like WA’s Peter Tinley came out this week and said Malcolm Turnbull’s government had axed its remote housing deal with the States.

“The impact of the Federal Government axing an approximate annual contribution of $100 million to support remote communities in WA would be significant,” Mr Tinley said.

“The McGowan Government remains committed to supporting remote communities. We do not agree with any Commonwealth plan to drastically slash on-going funding to support remote communities.

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