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Burney, Mundine spat on domestic violence

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Federal Labor MP Linda Burney has hit out at prominent indigenous leader Warren Mundine, saying government funding cuts for programs to tackle domestic violence happened on his watch.

Mr Mundine on Monday launched an attack on Australia's political leaders, saying they aren't doing anything about the shocking rates of violence against women and sexual abuse of children in indigenous communities.

But Ms Burney, the first indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives, has pushed back, saying Mr Mundine endorsed major funding cuts for initiatives aimed at addressing the issue in his role as the prime minister's chief indigenous adviser.

"It's just a bit rich for him to be outraged when in fact these things have happened on his watch," she told the National Indigenous Times.

Mr Mundine had also taken aim at Aboriginal leaders, including Labor senator Pat Dodson.

"He's calling on indigenous MPs as if we've done nothing," Ms Burney said.

"I find that unacceptable. If he wants to mouth off about stuff like this then he needs to get his facts correct and recognise the work many of us have been doing for a very long time.

"For heaven's sake, if you are going to go out there and make this your personal crusade then have some skin in the game."

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