The spokesperson for the Aboriginal Swan Valley Nyungah community has called on Prime Minister John Key to put pressure on Australian PM Tony Abbott to reconsider the planned closure of up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities.
As the proposed closure looms, opposition to the idea continues to grow on the ground and online as more and more people vocalise their support for the communities impacted and the indigenous people of Australia.
In an interview with Rewa Harriman on Native Affairs last night, the Swan Valley spokesperson for the Nyungah community, Bella Bropho asked John Key to put pressure on Tony Abbot and Western Australia’s Premier Colin Barnett to put a stop to the plans to close down the communities.
She said her people were being condemned and likened what was happening to modern day genocide and that her people were fighting for their existence and survival.
When asked what she thought would happen to those who would be impacted by the closures, she said, “I think they will go to the nearest town and be homeless people they’ll end up being homeless people because if there is no help to re house them or relocate them they’ll just all go live around in vacant blocks or car parks or anywhere they can find a camping place and the towns will be full up with all these people.”
Rewa Harriman is in Perth and will travel to some of the remote communities that will be impacted by the closures today. For more on this developing story tune in to Te Kāea tonght at 5:30
The full interview which was broadcast on Native Affairs last night can be viewed below.