A Pathway to Success

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    While high-profile debate has attended the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012 that was before the Senate this week, one Aboriginal woman is quietly achieving the success in school attendance that is eluding government. The Stronger Futures legislation includes the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure, in which parents whose children miss school more than five times over two terms will have their welfare payments stalled. SEAM has been criticised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which points out that the suspension of welfare payments means the suspension of much needed income.

    In contrast to such severe measures, Jawoyn woman ... Willika – without any dedicated support from government – is charting her own pathway to success. Last year, Willika Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia. Today, she has five children and grandchildren, aged between seven and 13 years, who attend school each day. There is a real chance they will achieve a life that has parity with other Australians. Though this is an ordinary achievement for many Australians, from the perspective of Aboriginal communities in remote parts of the Northern Territory, it is a small miracle.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherThe Canberra Times
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2012


    • Northern Territory Emergency Intervention
    • Indigenous education
    • remote Aboriginal communities
    • Stronger Futures legislation


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