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Statehood, green tape, roads and education in COAG spotlight



Statehood, green tape, roads and education in COAG spotlight


Giles, Adam

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Country Liberals


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Independence; Infrastructure; Education

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Northern Territory Government

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Northern Territory Government

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Economic development of the North is dependent on the creation of a skilled, well-educated Territory workforce. To this end, COAG has agreed to a range of measures aimed at lifting poor Indigenous school attendance. The Territory looks forward to working with the Federal Government as it drives this school attendance effort, Mr Giles said. The new measures include: minimum school attendance benchmarks; publishing twice-yearly data on school attendance; a no-excuses messaging campaign; support and compliance, such as truancy officers, to ensure children attend school; and conducting audits of attendance, including on-the-spot checks. For kids to be engaged in school, their parents need to be engaged in work. COAG today began discussions on the potential reintroduction of a broad-based Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) to provide work opportunities in communities, Mr Giles said. The Territory Government supports COAGs resolution on improving the law and order in remote communities and is willing to increase the Police presence in the few remaining communities that dont have one. Our ability to deliver this increase presence is limited however, by GST changes under the former Federal Labor Government that resulted in a significant loss of funding for Indigenous programs. GST distribution should be calculated on Indigenous need, not population, so that we have the funding to invest in programs to turn Indigenous disadvantage around. Media Contact: Danielle Parry 0413 081 801

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