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NT intervention failing Indigenous education

"The release of the latest figures today on Indigenous education highlights the need for a radical change of strategy to tackle this pressing problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Australian Education Union report was commissioned to examine the impact of the federal intervention in Aboriginal communities. The report indicates that almost two billion dollars is needed to ensure Aboriginal students in the Northern Territory have the same opportunities as students in the rest of Australia.

"We need to adopt a holistic approach to addressing the causes and consequences of a failing education system. The Howard Government's NT Intervention does nothing to address the lack of schools and teachers in the Territory," said Senator Siewert.

"We are now seeing astonishing figures such as 7000 children with no schools or preschools and 5000 under-18s with no secondary schools. Addressing this lack of facilities should be first priority for the Government."

"We need a pro-active system of service delivery that targets real areas of need, to address the underlying disadvantage," she concluded.

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