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Big picture needed on Aboriginal education – SBS

20 FEB 2014

Indigenous leader Tom Calma has urged the federal government to look at the big picture in its attempts to improve indigenous education outcomes.

Indigenous leader Tom Calma has warned the Abbott government that improving indigenous education outcomes will take more than just getting bums on seats in classrooms.

Dr Calma said attendance was just one measure of success as he addressed the National Press Club on Thursday, the same day he became University of Canberra chancellor and the first indigenous man to hold such a position in Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week proposed a new Close the Gap target to dramatically improve school attendance of indigenous children within five years.

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