Labor’s ‘practical’ approach
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.