La­bor’s ‘prac­ti­cal’ ap­proach

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE fed­eral La­bor Party is ap­proach­ing in­dige­nous af­fairs in a “strong, prac­ti­cal” fash­ion, with Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tion the main fo­cus of its elec­tion pol­icy.

The Op­po­si­tion is keen to lower prison rates, im­prove health out­comes and work swiftly to­wards con­sti­tu­tional recog­ni­tion of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

A key pri­or­ity is the $100 mil­lion needs-based ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy Your Child, Our Fu­ture.

This Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pol­icy also feeds into the ALP’s con­tin­ued back­ing of the Gon­ski school fund­ing re­forms.

“These ad­di­tional re­sources will sup­port more than 195,000 in­dige- nous school stu­dents to achieve their po­ten­tial and help close the ed­u­ca­tion gap,” a La­bor spokes­woman said.

The ALP said it would spend $4.8 mil­lion on ATSI schol­ar­ships and part­ner with the Stars Foun­da­tion to help girls and young women im­prove their ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.


FO­CUS ON ED­U­CA­TION: ALP leader Bill Shorten.

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