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Our Liberal National Government remains committed to supporting funding for Indigenous rangers. The Coalition Government established the Indigenous Rangers program under the Howard Government in 1997 and we are proud of our role in establishing and supporting this initiative since that time.
There is no basis for the claims that there is an uncertain future for Indigenous rangers. Unfortunately, there are claims being spread by foreign based activist groups such as the Pew Research Centre. In fact, the opposite is true as the Coalition Government has increased the funding available for Indigenous rangers to record levels since we entered Government in 2013.
More than 2,500 jobs are provided for Indigenous Australians as a result of the Coalition Government’s investment of more than $550 million for Indigenous rangers over seven years to 2020 and more than $180 million for Indigenous Protected Areas over ten years to 2023.
Indigenous rangers undertake important work to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, and address environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire.
There is no question about our commitment to Indigenous rangers – the Government has committed to continue to fund rangers until at least 2020 and we are working with Indigenous ranger groups to extend these contracts.