Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

A com­ment I made in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Teach­ers from Au­rukun Cape York Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralian Academy, was not a re­flec­tion of my po­si­tion. Let me be clear: Vi­o­lence is never ok. I have spo­ken with the Au­rukun Mayor, Se­nior Queens­land Po­lice, and the Queens­land Teach­ers Union and with a num­ber of com­mu­nity lead­ers in the

Cape to make my po­si­tion clear, that I con­demn this vi­o­lence.

I have re­it­er­ated to the Premier and the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter that their ac­tions in re­mov­ing the teach­ers from the Au­rukun en­vi­ron­ment were ab­so­lutely jus­ti­fied.

Yet with­out real ac­tion to ad­dress the fun­da­men­tal so­cial and eco­nomic chal­lenges at the heart of dys­func­tional be­hav­iour, noth­ing is likely change.

Billy Gor­don, Mem­ber for Cook

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