As 2018 draws to a close we decided to revisit some of the stories affecting the region throughout the year, so we suggest you pour yourself your preferred tipple, grab a mince pie, crank up “Fairytale of New York” and journey through some of the stories and articles our volunteers gathered for you in 2018.
Tony Abbott will make his first public venture into a remote Aboriginal school today as special envoy on indigenous affairs, visiting the new Dawurr boarding quarters at Nhulunbuy High School in northeastern Arnhem Land.
Mr Abbott announced a priority in his role would be examining how to improve remote indigenous school attendance rates, although today’s brief visit will raise eyebrows for having failed to engage with key local figures such as Gumatj clan leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
A remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community that was at the heart of Tony Abbott’s 2013 declaration that he would be a “prime minister for indigenous affairs” has challenged him to back its comprehensive plan for educational reform in his new role as special envoy.
Data shows only 20 per cent of Aboriginal students in the region continue past Year 8, leaving the vast majority unemployable and many on track for jail.