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Denying people an education not the answer.

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Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services

29 May 2006

Denying People an Education not the Answer

Labor rejects the prospect of closing schools in remote Indigenous communities as recommended in today's report from the Menzies Institute.

Denying any children an education is not the way to assist Indigenous Australians.

We need to attack the causes of disadvantage - not move the problem.

This report by Gary Johns is more ideological than serious research.

It is yet another contribution to an agenda to undermine Indigenous communities.

Many of these communities were established to re-connect with the land and escape the problems in the towns.

Problems already existing in Alice Springs call into question Dr John's theory.

Media adviser John McNamara: 02 6277 3233, 0418 308 599.