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ABC News (Australia) published this video item, entitled “”Barrier after barrier” – claims Indigenous kids still losing out in childcare pledge | The Drum” – below is their description.
Affordable child care is a clear incentive to have more babies and tomorrow’s budget will include a $1.7 billion to subsidise the fees of parents with two or more children and those on higher incomes.
While that has been welcomed by advocacy groups – some including SNAICC, National Voice for our Children, say Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are still losing out.
Last year, when child care was made free for all during the initial stages of the pandemic, services saw an increase in the number of Indigenous children
attending early childhood centres.
The Drum’s Stephanie Boltje has this story.ABC News (Australia) YouTube Channel
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Torres Strait Islanders are the Indigenous peoples of the Torres Strait Islands, which are part of the state of Queensland, Australia. Ethnically distinct from the Aboriginal people of the rest of Australia, they are often grouped with them as Indigenous Australians. Today there are many more Torres Strait Islander people living in mainland Australia (nearly 28,000) than on the Islands (about 4,500).
There are five distinct peoples within broader designation of Torres Strait Islander people, based partly on geographical and cultural divisions. There are two main Indigenous language groups, Kalaw Lagaw Ya and Meriam Mir, and Torres Strait Creole is also widely spoken, as a language of trade and commerce. The core of Island culture is Papuo-Austronesian, and the people traditionally a seafaring nation. There is a strong artistic culture, particularly in sculpture, printmaking and mask-making.