Rethinking indigenous policy is worth reading if you’re curious about how Rudd differs from Howard – is he going to fail us after all? At the moment it seems he’s definitely left room for improvement:
rather than simply punishing parents for their children’s non-attendance, the Government should be providing schools, teachers and resources that meet the needs of the Aboriginal community.
This actually made me incredulous:
When the school attendance policy was introduced, it was not done in a way that targeted parents who were not sending their children to school. Instead of a case-by-case approach, the Federal Government prescribed certain Aboriginal communities to be affected by the policy and all people in that community were subject to quarantining if they were on a welfare payment — whether their children were going to school or not, whether they were parents or not.
C’mon Rudd, pull your finger out.