Cuts to welfare payments for school non-attendance: requested or imposed?

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This paper raises a number of questions about the interpretation of consultations with Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory concerning the link between cuts to welfare payments and school non-attendance. The Federal Government’s recent report, Stronger Futures Report on Consultations, is based on the the belief that Aboriginal people support the proposal to remove welfare payments in cases where children do not attend school. This paper suggests that there is considerable doubt that the views of Aboriginal people are as clear as suggested by the Government report, and presents analysis which suggests considerable disquiet about the proposal to cut welfare payments and other aspects of education that are being provided to Aboriginal communities.

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