A Shorten Labor Government will make the Northern Territory a world class teaching hub, specialising in regional, rural and remote, and Indigenous education.
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better universities, hospitals and schools or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.
The hub, coined the Learning Lab, will be based at Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus. It will lead research and deliver teacher training designed to lift student achievement in outback areas and Indigenous communities.
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said that experts will work with educators in the classroom to improve their skills and deliver professional development for teachers and principals.
“The hub will also work on how to improve teaching of literacy and numeracy, and Aboriginal languages,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Indigenous students, and students in regional, rural, and remote areas, still don’t have the same opportunities as non-Indigenous students, or students in the city.
“A young person from the North Shore of Sydney is four times more likely to have a degree than someone in outback NT.
“We need to do much better – and projects such as the hub at CDU will make a big difference,” Ms Plibersek said.
Labor’s $14 million to establish the hub will ensure it has the latest technology, as well as new and refurbished buildings.
The Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling, said the hub will be central to CDU’s education programs.
“Charles Darwin University has decades of experience in Indigenous education and teaching in regional, rural and remote Australia,” Mr Gosling said.
“The new hub will cement the University’s reputation as a leader in this field.
“The teaching profession faces major challenges in the NT, such as attracting and retaining the workforce and delivering culturally appropriate services.
“The Learning Lab will bring together research expertise to address these challenges and build the capacity of teachers working in the outback and Indigenous communities.
“It will work to deepen the already strong relationship between CDU and the Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education, including linking to Aboriginal Teacher Assistant and VET pathways provided by the Batchelor Institute.
“CDU currently has about 2,500 education students – they expect that number to double over the next decade,” Mr Gosling said.
This Charles Darwin University project will partner with the Darwin City Council, the Palmerston City Council, the NT Government Department of Education and local communities.
The $14 million investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.
WEDNESDAY, 24 APRIL 2019
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.