Strong community the answer to good school results
8 October 2009
Dr Thalia Anthony comments on the recently released Federal Parliament Report by the Queensland Family Responsibilities Commission.
According to Dr Anthony, the report revealed increased school attendance in four Cape York communities between April and June 2009.
Indigenous parents in these four communities had been faced over the past year with the threat of having their income controlled if their children did not attend school.
The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, embraced the results with the announcement that income control will be extended to Indigenous families in Brisbane and Perth.
However, in an article for ABC Online's Unleashed, Dr Anthony asserts that to equate the increase in school attendance with managing parental income is simplistic.
"The reforms in the Cape York have been much more than income control."
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