A Northern Territory Greens candidate has apologised for sharing a “racist” Facebook meme that was directed at Country Liberal Party candidate, Jacinta Price.
In January, George Hanna, an Indigenous man standing for the seat of Lingiari, shared a meme of Ms Price that read, “It’s not everyday you see a coconut drinking from a coconut.”
The term "coconut" is considered an insult because it may convey that an Aboriginal person has become white inside.
Ms Price appeared on Sky News yesterday and said Mr Hanna's post was “absolutely disgusting” and called for the Greens to dump him as a candidate.
“Anyone who’s prepared to racially vilify somebody is not fit enough to stand as a representative of all Australian people,” she said.
Despite the recent spate of federal candidates being dumped by their parties for offensive social media posts, the Greens are standing by Mr Hanna.
A spokesperson from the Greens said Mr Hanna had “seen his community deeply impacted by Price's divisive and harmful rhetoric, advocacy of the removal of children and opposition to changing the date.”
"We've spoken with George Hanna, our candidate for Lingiari, about the importance of ensuring that criticism of policy doesn't become personal," said the spokesperson.
"Criticisms of these policies and viewpoints is valid - and George has committed to ensuring his criticism is limited to policy in future. He has offered an apology to Jacinta Price for using this language,” they said.
Coalition funding for Indigenous housing policy for Queensland
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion has bypassed the Queensland Government and announced a $105 million housing boost for remote housing.
Should the Coalition win the May 18 election, a consortium of local councils will act as a fund manager for remote Indigenous housing on behalf of the Federal Government.
In the remote community of Pormpuraaw today, Mr Scullion and MP Warren Entsch unveiled the plan, requested by remote Cape York and Torres Strait local governments.
According to the Coalitions, the $105 million deal would cover half the cost for the current three-year need of 386 new houses to be built, while the State Government would have to decide how to fund the rest.
Last week, the Federal Labor Party announced funding of more than double what the Coalition announced, promising $251 million in 2019-20 alone for remote Indigenous housing.
The Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance deputy chairman, Edward Newman wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week, saying that Indigenous Queenslanders living in remote areas needed "an ongoing commitment."
"Increasing the number of houses in remote communities is one of the most significant issues on the agenda for our members,” Mr Newman wrote.
Third and final leader's debate
With 10 days to go until Australia's electorate decides who will be running the country, the third and final debate between the two major party leaders will take place tonight in Canberra.
The debate held at the National Press Club will be moderated by ABC journalist and National Press Club President, Sabra Lane and will air on prime time television.
Both leaders will go head-to-head in a one-hour presidential-style special, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to tackle Opposition leader Bill Shorten on the cost of his policies, a key question Mr Shorten has not yet answered.
The announcement itself has been a key theme for Mr Morrison’s question on how a Labor Government can afford its policies without sending Australia into a recession.
On Monday’s night’s Q&A, Mr Shorten said he will give specific details on what his policies would cost before election day.
Undecided voters have given Mr Shorten the win on the first two debates, which were in Perth and Brisbane, with the first by a 2-to-1 margin and the second narrowly.
According to the AEC, more than one million people are expected to have already voted by the time tonight's debate kicks off at 7.30pm AEST.