Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has today expressed concern about reports that the Northern Territory Government closed down the Angurugu Primary School on Groote Eylandt for almost two weeks.
“It seems incomprehensible that the Northern Territory Government would simply shut down a primary school for a fortnight in a remote community when it would not tolerate this in Darwin.
“The 104 children of Angurugu need access to education and Michael Gunner needs to stand up and show leadership for our children’s future.
“It is apparent that not only is Michael Gunner presiding over a failing child protection system, but he and the Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, have lost control of Territory schools and our children are suffering because of it.
“Education is absolutely critical to addressing the severe disadvantage remote Indigenous communities experience and is at the heart of government efforts to closing the gap.
“Michael Gunner and his Education Minister are failing Aboriginal children and families.
“When will the Gunner Government take this seriously?
“Yet again Michael Gunner is missing in action on delivering a core Northern Territory Government responsibility, and I call on the Chief Minister to prioritise the needs of remote communities as a matter of urgency.
“Given the significant federal funds provided to the Northern Territory Government for education, I have written to the Chief Minister seeking a full explanation of this school’s closure and any other remote school closures that have occurred under his watch, and ask how these will be better managed in future.”