The Courier-Mail

TONY’S LIFE LESSONS FOR CAPE KIDS

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TONY Abbott has told young indigenous students he sometimes got in fights as a child and wondered why he was “bothering to go to school”.

But Mr Abbott urged students at Bamaga Junior School, on the northern tip of Cape York, not to give up on their classes, telling them “the point of coming to school is that it sets you up for the rest of your life”.

The Prime Minister visited schools in the Cape York town of Bamaga that have dramatical­ly improved their attendance rates. Mr Abbott has targeted school attendance as a key focus of his plans to improve remote indigenous communitie­s, saying children must be set on the right path early to avoid a life of dysfunctio­n.

“I hope you come to school every day. Not just some days,” he told the students.

Many students at Bamaga Junior School have an attendance rate of 98 per cent, much higher than other remote indigenous community schools.

 ??  ?? PRESENT: Tony Abbott joins Bamaga students on the bus. Picture: Alex Ellinghaus­en
PRESENT: Tony Abbott joins Bamaga students on the bus. Picture: Alex Ellinghaus­en
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