Mrs G, I reckon (and there's NO easy answer, so I'm not offering this as one) it might help, re the truancy issue and several others besides, if more schools like this were funded across the country, perhaps tailored to a region's particular indigenous population where the population heavily represents one particular tribal nation. http://www.aics.wa.edu.au/about-us Funding could in part come from auditing present funding to find the people rorting the system for personal gain, and to their community's disadvantage, and stepping on them hard. (This boils my blood!) One of the first Aboriginal schools in this state opened in my home town, and indigenous kids went part time there. The kids *loved* it, and were very proud of the school and eager to participate. Just one thought there... it's too big an issue to hand out pat answers on... As for Abbot, I rarely cheer him on, but here I think he has the right sentiment "all kids treated equally". I just think it needs to work by incentive, not dis-incentive.