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STATEMENT ON ONGOING FIRST NATIONS COVID CRISIS (2)

September 07, 2021

Government’s First Nations vaccine drive leaves more questions
 
The Morrison Joyce Government’s First Nations vaccination drive has left more questions than answers. 
 
We still don’t know which communities will be part of this drive, and we don’t know when. 
 
Why wasn’t this done earlier as part of the prioritisation of First Nations communities? Is this a real solution or just another political response? 
 
First Nations communities targeted with misinformation 
 
The Morrison Joyce Government’s lack of communication with First Nations communities has left a vacuum that has been filled with misinformation. 
 
We’ve said from the very beginning that the Government needs to engage with local trusted First Nations community leaders and organisations.
 
They have the capacity and they’re doing a wonderful job, they just need the Federal Government to back them in. 
 
What is the Government’s surge plan?

 
With discussions about the ability of the New South Wales health system to cope with a surge in hospital admissions, we need clarity from the Morrison Joyce Government about what the plan is for hospital capacity in remote and regional communities across the country.
 
Wilcannia and beyond 
 
Almost a month after Wilcannia went into lockdown, we are now seeing emergency accommodation being established. 
 
Will this be the plan for other remote and regional communities? What is the plan for remote and regional communities around the country when Covid reaches them?
 
Is the government making contingency plans like having Defence establish field hospitals in regional communities, as raised by Labor?

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