Aboriginal community leaders have hit out at the Gillard government over plans to extend its predecessor's controversial intervention in the Northern Territory.
4 Nov 2011 - 6:51 PM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 9:20 AM

The elders travelled thousands of kilometres to deliver a blunt message to indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin about her "Stronger Futures" discussion paper in Melbourne.

They branded the intervention 'racist and discriminatory'.

They say living standards have gone backwards since the Howard government introduced it four years ago.

The legislation extending the intervention beyond next August's cut-off is expected to be introduced before the end of the year.