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Indigenous Australians say Closing the Gap “doomed to fail”

Sam Watson

BRISBANE indigenous community elder Sam Watson has lamented the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families and locked up. “In 2016 it is the next generation of the stolen generation,” he said, while attending a park event in West End marking 10 years since Closing the Gap was launched to address indigenous disadvantage. “Some areas of disadvantage are ... Read More »

Catholic teacher called to improve lives of indigenous youth

Teacher Majella Ritchie with two indigenous students

MAJELLA Ritchie knew nothing about Australian indigenous culture when she left university two years ago, but in two months she’ll be responsible for a handful of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The teacher at St Flannan’s primary school, Zillmere, is headed to Innisfail in January to greet 90 indigenous children at Radiant Life College, a Christian school giving ... Read More »

Bishop criticises PM’s comments on Aboriginal people living in remote communities

Bishop Christopher Saunders

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s comment that Aboriginal peoples were living in remote communities as a “lifestyle choice” has sparked immediate criticism from chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Bishop Christopher Saunders. Bishop Saunders of Broome, in a statement yesterday (March 11), has posed the question “what choice?” to Mr Abbott. “Where ... Read More »

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