SARA EVERINGHAM: Do you feel an extra sense of responsibility to make a difference in the area of Indigenous affairs given your heritage?
ADAM GILES: My heritage is I’m Australian. I do have a passion for Indigenous affairs from a policy perspective and I’ve always fought for that. But I have passions in many other areas as well. But in Indigenous affairs, it is one of the biggest challenges in the territory. People live in poverty and misery.
SARA EVERINGHAM: You’ve decided not to include an Indigenous advancement portfolio in your Cabinet. Why doesn’t the territory need an Indigenous affairs minister?
ADAM GILES: I think it’s important at the Australian level but in the Northern Territory 30 per cent of our population is Indigenous and a lot of the services that as a Government we offer goes towards Indigenous Territorians.
I’m going to lead the Government that will have ministers be accountable for delivery of services for all Territorians…
I’m not saying that they don’t but I want them to have an increased focus to delivering to all Territorians, not just pigeon-holing key Indigenous issues to one Aboriginal affairs minister.
In contrast, the New Racism promulgated by the Coalition. Just words I suppose, at least Tony Abbott has had his feet on the ground in the outback.