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Minister for Employment Education Training and Youth Affairs


June 17, 1998





The new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Independent School in Brisbane would enhance the reconc iliation process the Federal Minister for Education, Dr David Kemp, said today.


Dr Kemp and local Aboriginal elder Aunty Jane Arnold today officially opened the new school, also known as the Murri School.


The school has moved from a cramped, temporary site in Hale Street, Brisbane, to a new permanent location in Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge. The new site enables the school to accommodate more than 100 children who had been on the school’s waiting list and improve access to a quality education for local Indigenous children.


More than 170 children are expected to enrol at the school this year. The move to the new site was made possible by a Federal Government grant of $2.5 million.


“The new Murri School is an example of the practical steps the Government is taking to improve the education standards of Indigenous Australians,” Dr Kemp said.


“Today’s opening is a clear message to all Australians that the reconciliation process is moving forward. The school is a bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures


“Meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is possible. Practical measures by the Government to improve education standards, such as the funding of the Murri School, will progress reconciliation.


“This school provides what every Australian family wants - the chance for their children to learn the necessary skills for a successful life and employment in mainstream society, along with a knowledge end appreciation of their cultural background and Australia’s rich heritage


“I believe the Murri School not only enriches the lives of its students and families but also, ultimately, the lives of all Australians."


The Murri School’s curriculum includes traditional Indigenous culture. The school is open to all children, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.


Dr Kemp said the Government’s education policies were results-focussed and were improving education standards among all children. Indigenous and non-Indigenous


Among Indigenous communities, school attendance rates were increasing and the number of students going on to Year 12 and university was rising.


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