By Raymond Nichol (auth.), Raymond Nichol (eds.)

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The proportion whose highest qualification was a Bachelor degree or above was relatively small compared with the non-Indigenous population, but doubled in the ten years to 2006 (from 3% in 1996 to 6% in 2006). Many teachers see attendance and retention as the most significant factors in poor educational outcomes. The national average attendance rate of Australian Indigenous school students is two to three times lower than for non-Indigenous students. This means that, on average, Indigenous students are missing out on two years of schooling.

As the reader well knows, the question of land-rights, post the High Court’s decisions, Mabo, 1992, and Wik, 1996, is a fundamental issue facing the Australian legal and political system. The proximity of Murrin Bridge to the traditional ngurrampaa of the Wangaaypuwan and Wiradjuri could form the basis for additional land acquisition in the region through the 1993 Native Title legislation of the Federal Government. As a community they were, and still are, a group living within its traditional lands (Murrin Bridge is in Wiradjuri country), but the Native Title Act’s emphasis upon granting land to “traditional Aboriginal owners” would make this difficult.

The drinking boys go up to the horse-yard. ] They often use blankets, for if you make a fire you’re seen by the drunks. This is to stop the drunks standing over you and pinching your grog. This has happened countless times. We pass around whole bottles of beer or De Bortoli or McWilliams flagons of port or muscat. ‘All-right’ is when you’re happy after a few beers, ‘charged’ is half-dizzy, perhaps sick, couldn’t drive. We mostly get the grog by taxi. ’ They said that they would drink methylated spirits and water, Pine O’Clean and tinned milk, and related, often mirthfully, their ‘stupid’ behaviour.

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