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$500,000 to build laundromats

SARAH MARTIN From: The Australian April 12, 2013 

THE federal government has allocated $500,000 to build laundromats in two communities on South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands which have fewer than 200 households. 

WE STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PROVISION OF WASHING MACHINES BUT NOT THE PUBLIC LAUNDROMAT FACILITIES WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN TO WORK...THE PROBLEMS OF WHO OWNS AND MANAGES IT, WHO MAINTAINS IT, WHO REPAIRS IT... ETC ETC 

This comes after The Australian revealed yesterday that South Australia's Labor government had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on household items for various programs on the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the closing months of the 2012 financial year.

This was on top of $360,000 spent by the department on a now-defunct motorbike program.  

HMMM OK SO MOTOR BIKES LINK TO CLOTHES WASHING? IF NATIONAL INSULATION PROGRAM FAILS, DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON AIRFORCE?

Invoices released under Freedom of Information laws to the Liberal opposition show that in May last year, the department spent $60,000 on six new washing machines and $50,000 on five microwave ovens. A further $6000 was spent on modifying the microwaves for domestic use. 

IT WOULD BE GOOD TO GET DETAILS OF THE EQUIPMENT AND SPECIFICATION BEFORE GETTING TOO EXCITED ...IT COULD HAVE BEEN INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SUITED TO WASHING BLANKETS WHICH IS HIGHLY BENEFICIAL TO HEALTH.

It also bought two Koala Kare stainless steel baby change stations imported from Colarado in the US for $2300 each. Five Swedish food processors and accessories cost $11,000.  ARE YOU AGAINST THE IMPORTING, THE NAMES OR THE COST?? 

Evidence of an end-of-financial-year spending splurge has been further supported by an email regarding a June 23 purchase of six tumble dryers for $8000 in 2011.   

AGAIN ... ITWOULD BE GOOD TO GET DETAILS OF THE EQUIPMENT

The email from the business manager for the Department for Families and Communities says the purchase needs to occur "before the end of financial year".

In evidence given to a Senate community affairs committee last year, a representative from Jenny Macklin's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs revealed that $500,000 had been allocated to the laundromat program, which is to build a laundromat in the communities of Amata and Mimili. 

WE MUST REPEAT THAT THE FREESTANDING LAUNDROMAT HAS NEVER WORKED ...BUT STRONGLY SUPPORT HOUSEHOLD WASHING MACHINES. SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF WASHING MACHINES BY CLICKING HERE 

The latest census shows Amata has 103 households and Mimili 81, which include government housing.  

AND YOUR POINT IS ?? NO WASHING MACHINES FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES ...URBAN WASHING MACHINES ONLY ??

The latest state government whitegoods purchase is understood to be unrelated to the federal government's laundromat program. 

ROGUE WHITE GOODS 

Uniting Communities indigenous policy expert Jonathan Nicholls said the cost of the laundromats was questionable. 

AS IS THE CONCEPT OF PUBLIC LAUNDROMATS WITH NO RECURRENT FUNDS NO MANAGEMENT ETC

FAHCSIA did not respond to The Australian's enquiries regarding the laundromats yesterday.  

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