Debate Here: https://parliament.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/405535/DEBATES-DAY-1-14-MARCH-2017.pdf
Mr GUYULA (Nhulunbuy):
I welcome the statement from the Minister for Education, which is something I have been looking forward to. I came into this parliament to raise issues about education in Indigenous communities, especially in my electorate. I was not quite prepared to say something; I was not expecting this. I wanted to keep carrying my interest in education and wanting to see it go. So thank you for the report.
Especially in my electorate, I have been around Nhulunbuy area school and the primary schools and listened to what they have been doing. As the Member for Nhulunbuy last year - or was it this year? – the boarding school opened in Nhulunbuy to give a choice of going to boarding school in Nhulunbuy or Galiwinku Shepherdson College.
Schools in the electorate, as well as the Nhulunbuy High School, have invited me to presentations and through that I am learning what is being achieved in those communities and Nhulunbuy and on the homelands. I am very happy to hear names mentioned by the minister, especially the communities and schools in my area. I would like to—not push, but ask her again to consider homeland schools as well, as we worked together to achieve homeland schools. Some have been defunded and policies have come and gone and changed. Some homeland schools have been defunded and people in the homeland centres are wanting to get it reopened, and would like to see (inaudible).
Families and children in the communities can have control over education on country and on teaching before they come into mainstream education and learn better that way, with equal opportunities in everything.
An announcement I have made is I would like to keep working further on homeland schools. In my electorate we have three bilingual education centres at Yirrkala, Sheparton’s College and Milingimbi. I would like to see them going again. That is all I wanted to say because education is one of my reasons for being here in this parliament, to try to raise issues and get support from this government.