Everald Compton – ABC Interview

Goondeen Everald Compton was recently part of an ABC radio program called ‘Evenings’ that focuses on “real people with real stories”. He spoke on Goondeen at around the 1 hour 6 minutes mark and continued until the 1 hour 11 minutes mark. You can find the full program at this link: https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/brisbane-evenings/evenings/103551762 He spoke again on […]


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support […]


‘They’ve got their priorities wrong — the dead are dead. You can always remember them, but to carry on with the celebrations … and that’s what it is, celebration.’

Uncle Albert Holt’s WINU Doctorate Conferral @ Hymba Yumba

Last Thursday October 18th we celebrated alongside Goondeen Uncle Albert Holt another milestone that proves the impact he’s made on Australian Education and Cultural development of First Nation people. It was a double celebration marked by his Doctorate Conferral awared by WINU and also Hymba Yumba Independent School naming their main building after its founder […]

Gonski 2.0 misses education’s root problems

The latest Gonski review into the quality of Australian schooling recommends radical reform to our education system. The report highlights declining academic standards and sheets the blame on our schools’ inflexible curriculum and assessment which fails to tailor teaching and assessment to individual students. “Many Australian schools are cruising, not improving!” The solution is to […]

Past failures demand we open our hearts to Indigenous voices

Just over a year ago, 250 Aboriginal representatives from all parts of Australia met at Uluru and issued what they called the “Statement from the Heart”. At its core was the call for the Australian Constitution to be amended to provide for a First Nations’ Voice to Parliament. The Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull, subsequently remarked […]

Game-changer in indigenous education honoured

The former headmaster of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and now head of Barker College, both in Sydney, has achieved what many educators have failed to do – closing the gap in educational outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous students. For this, Phillip Heath has been officially recognised with an AM (Member in the General Division in […]

Let’s re-shape schooling from the bottom up

In a powerful critique of institutional schooling, Pink Floyd once sang the lyric “we don’t need no education”. As an educator, I cannot endorse the sentiments of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In the Wall, but I do share the conviction that schooling needs to change. This can’t be done one brick at a time; in […]

Campaign to have Aboriginal flag fly on Sydney Harbour Bridge heats up

A virtual petition established a year ago to have the Aboriginal flag fly permanently atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge has entered the real world.   The founder of the popular Change.org campaign, Cheree Toka, led a small protest group on Saturday as the activists marched across the Harbour Bridge calling for the Aboriginal flag to […]

The need for change

The need for change The story of the 1967 Referendum begins with the Australian Constitution, which came into effect on 1 January 1901, establishing the Commonwealth of Australia. It is an important living document that continues to shape the Australian nation. The Constitution and the Commonwealth of Australia were drawn up at a time when […]

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