Bilingual Education in Australia under Attack

We note the continuing attack on the concept of bilingual education in Australia, and are concerned by this latest news item. We would also remind readers that Henderson, the politician featured in the article, who is supposedly so concerned with Aboriginal rights to a good education, has managed to allow essential funding earmarked for indigenous housing needs to be spent instead on the non-indigenous population. It is vital that education is given over to the needs of the community and not judged by abstract criteria devised by those in positions of privilege. Yes, indigenous people deserve good housing, good jobs and good leisure opportunities but this will not be achieved by cutting bilingual education.

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