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Yipirinya school in funding spotlight

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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release


Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling is seeking assurances that Commonwealth funds provided to Yipirinya School in Alice Springs are being spent on the educational needs of Aboriginal children.

Senator Tambling today put the following questions on notice to the Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training as part of the biannual Senate Estimates process.

The questions are:

"1. What financial assistance has been granted to Yipirinya School, Alice springs, for ISdO/Si tor salaries, administrative expenses, resources and/or other programs? What is the criteria for determining the allocation or alteration of funds between respective programs?

M2. Where staff of Yipirinya School have been involved in

extensive extra-curricular activities outside the scope of the funding programs (eg, participation in demonstrations or protests against proposals for a flood mitigation dam for Alice Springs) are the individual staff members required to take leave without pay or recreational leave to cover such activities and are any

additional costs borne by the school administration or the Department of Employment, Education and Training?

"3. Can the school council make any special arrangements with staff in respect of extra-curricular activities or for the provision of resources and catering facilities, and have any such arrangements been made in 1990/91 which have implications for

continuing government funding?"

Senator Tambling said officers of the Central Land Council and Aboriginal Legal Aid who provided professional assistance to Aborigines at the dam site would be acting within their charter of responsibility.

"However, I would be annoyed if other organisations funded for specific purposes, such as education, relied on government money for protest purposes."

ENDS Contact; Senator Tambling (06) 277 3436 Tiz Zeroni (06) 277 3436



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