The struggle is long but hope is longer
Socialist candidate speaks out for
local Koori school
Premier John Brumby is undermining the future of Koori students in his own electorate, according to a Socialist Alliance candidate for this months state election.
Trent Hawkins, who is running in the lower house seat of Brunswick, has condemned the state governments decision to acquisition land, without consultation, from the local Indigenous controlled Ballerrt Mooroop College, for the purpose of building a new Glenroy Specialist School.
The Socialist Alliance will actively support the Koori communitys sit-ins at the school site and its protest tomorrow morning at 10am on Wednesday 24th November outside Premier John Brumbys Electoral Office. We condemn the state governments decision to bulldoze the Ballerrt Mooroop College Gymnasium on December 17th to make way for 170 bus and car parking spaces. Parking spaces seem to be more important than the health and fitness of young Kooris, Mr Hawkins said.
Socialists support the principle of Koori schools to maintain and strengthen Indigenous culture and keep young Kooris engaged within the education system. At the same time we have adopted a comprehensive policy on supporting Children with Special Needs. We believe there is merit in the proposal put forward by the Broadmeadows Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (BLAECG) to redevelop the Glenroy Specialist School on the existing site or the soon to be vacated Glenroy Primary School site instead of bulldozing Ballerrt Mooroop College.
It is crucial to maintain and improve the land and facilities at Ballerrt Mooroop College as this is the only Koori school in metropolitan Melbourne, Mr Hawkins said.
Trent Hawkins, Socialist Alliance candidate for Brunswick 0407 070 841
Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance state convener 0413 377 978 or 9639 8622
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