Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for suggesting that people living in indigenous communities are making a "lifestyle choice".
Visiting Western Australia, Mr Abbott said the government could not "endlessly subsidise" those that chose not to fit in with wider society.
He has previously said he supports the planned closure of up to 150 remote communities in Western Australia.
Critics have called the remarks "offensive" and "inappropriate".
It was announced in September that the federal government would transfer responsibility for funding Indigenous Australian communities to individual states