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Abstudy changes cut Indigenous students

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 22 October 2003


The National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation (NIPAAC) is calling on the Federal Government to release a report on the impact of cuts to subsidies for Aboriginal students.

NIPAAC says the confidential Government report shows Abstudy cuts in 1998 and 2000 have had a direct impact on the number of Indigenous students pursuing higher education.

NIPAAC spokesman Peter Radoll is calling on the Government to come clean about its findings so something can be done to address the problem.

Mr Radoll says the Northern Territory is being hit hardest because of the high level of Aboriginal students currently enrolled in education courses.

"Let's have a look at what are the true impacts of the Abstudy changes and make these findings public," Mr Radoll said.

"Let's have some practical reconciliation, let's make more Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people take control."


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