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Scullion throws Larrakia Nation a lifeline

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

The federal government has bailed out a Northern Territory Aboriginal corporation which provides vital services to the disadvantaged.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has saved Larrakia Nation from imminent closure, providing ongoing funding as well as funding for short-term staffing needs.

The organisation, which runs night patrol, aged care, ranger and homelessness services throughout Darwin, went into special administration in June amid internal strife.

This was mainly due to an inability to recoup the cost of helping people travel back to remote communities under its Return To Country program, which Labor has blamed on red tape ignored by the federal government.

Senator Scullion on Monday extended Larrakia Nation's special administration period until March 31 next year.

"The commonwealth has been working closely with the Northern Territory government and Larrakia Nation on options to address the long-term sustainably of the organisation and ensure vital services to the local community continue to be provided," Senator Scullion said.

"I am committed to supporting the ongoing delivery of night patrol and early childhood support services currently delivered by Larrakia Nation."

Senator Scullion says he's also working with fellow Senator for the Northern Territory, Labor's Malarndirri McCarthy, to ensure governance matters at Larrakia Nation are improved.

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