GOOD NEWS AT LAST FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER EDUCATION?

It is looking as if education will be the headline issue in the forthcoming Commonwealth budget.While there is discontent about the proposed higher education reforms announced by Simon Birmingham yesterday, Congress understands that allocations to support participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as those from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds will remain…

Congress Disappointed with Closing the Gap Statistics but Offers a Way Forward by Implementation of the Redfern Statement

The ninth annual Closing the Gap report delivered in Parliament this week confirmed that there is a crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs – six of the seven targets are not on track, and the divide between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians is widening in some areas. … To…

Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement

Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peaks will today demand a new relationship with government as they deliver the historic Redfern Statement direct to the Prime Minister at Parliament House. In the lead up to today’s 9th Closing the Gap Report to Parliament,…