Don’t play the blame game over child abuse: Bernardi

June 19, 2018

Culture being used as ‘political football’ when it comes to protecting neglected and abused indigenous children, according to Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi.

Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (who has not set foot in the Northern territory in the past nine months) finally addressed the rape of a two-year-old girl in Tennant Creek four months ago – blaming the NT Government.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says when it comes to protecting neglected children, his government will step in when required to keep children safe and insisted that removing a child who is at risk was not “attacking culture”, comments that appeared at odds with those made by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Katherine this month.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the government needs to step in and do something positive to stop the abuse.

Picture: NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner

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