Enforce attendance in remote schools


Mal Brough is right: there can be no progress in indigenous education without attendance (“Punish parents to save kids, says Brough”, 29/4). If any parent in any city of Australia habitually failed to ensure their child’s attendance at school, they would be fined and, if they continued to flout the law, their child would be put into foster or state care. This can’t and won’t happen in remote areas of Australia because, obviously, it would create a new stolen generation for which non-indigenous Australia would be blamed and have to apologise. Alistair Gordon, Pialba, Qld.

More letters; See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/enforce-attendance-in-remote-schools/story-fn558imw-1225860386761; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/aboriginal-australia/punish-parents-to-save-indigenous-kids-says-mal-brough/story-e6frgd9f-1225859653120