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Practical reconciliation and continuing disadvantage in Indigenous education

Education Aboriginal Australians Child poverty Poverty Australia

If 'practical reconciliation' is a reality, there should be convergence in the economic and educational status of Indigenous and other Australians. However, while there have been absolute improvements in Indigenous educational attainment from 1986 to 2001, gains are less evident when measured relative to non-Indigenous attainment. By any measure, Boyd Hunter and Jerry Schwab show, Indigenous Australians remain severely disadvantaged, and poor educational attainment is the key barrier to sustainable improvements in their socioeconomic status.

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