• Jenny Macklin's Labor colleagues are refusing to say whether they too could survive on the dole.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has called on Opposition leader Tony Abbott to not cut a cent when it comes to funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.
22 Apr 2013 - 7:57 PM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2013 - 6:14 PM

Last week Mr Abbott's director of policy Dr Mark Roberts allegedly made threats to cut resources for the National Indigenous Education Foundation if the Coalition wins office.

Currently, around $25-billion are spent on black Australians each year.

Minister Macklin wants the Coalition leader to give a guarantee that black money will be safe, if his party forms government.

The Opposition leader's office says there is no basis for the Government's attack.

"Tony has demonstrated his serious and ongoing commitment towards addressing Indigenous disadvantage in this country and has already announced a number of key policies and initiatives to bring this about," a statement said.