NSWALC Chairman Roy Ah-See pays tribute to outgoing Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) acknowledges the announcement by Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion that he will not be contesting the next Senate election.

NSWALC has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Senator Scullion for more than a decade, in both opposition and in government, most notably over the past five years since he took on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

During this time, Senator Scullion has provided clear and reliable access for NSWALC to engage in robust and open dialogue on a range of matters and issues on behalf of our network. We appreciate having had an authoritative voice representing Aboriginal Affairs in Federal Parliament.

In return, we are grateful for the Minister's genuine interest in NSWALC's advocacy for our community. This has been particularly visible through his support of initiatives such as NSWALC's Aboriginal Fishing Fund and the creation of the Indigenous Business and Employment Hub.

He has taken the time to attend our past two Statewide Conferences, presenting to attendees and taking questions from the floor. There is no doubt our relationship with the minister has borne fruit for future generations; a legacy the Minister should be proud of.

NSWALC looks forward to working with Minister Scullion during the final months of his term.  As the chairman of NSWALC and on behalf of the elected arm, I would like to wish him and his family well during the next phase of his journey.

We remain hopeful Minister Scullion's replacement as the Minister for Indigenous Affairs will be as progressive and supportive of NSWALC's advocacy mission going forward.