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News Live Updates: State Education Costing Parents Up To $100,000; Australian Of The Year Finalists Gather In Canberra

Burney has told ABC Radio that she believes “very deeply” that if the situation in Alice Springs would have escalated like it has had there been an Indigenous voice to Parliament.

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n

[If] the voice of the Parliament had been established. Previously, I don’t think we wouldn’t be where we are in terms of Alice Springs at the moment because we would be getting practical advice from people who are representative of the community in relation to these social issues.

n

I mean, it is wrong to think that the issue out here is just alcohol that it has been neglect for 10 years of small communities surrounding Alice Springs. There is a seasonal issue involved.

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Karvelas:

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n

Do you really think that if we’d had a voice to Parliament, making recommendations, you wouldn’t have seen this situation escalate?

n

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Burney:

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n

I do believe that very very deeply. That’s the whole point.

n

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Karvelas:

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n

But the voices were telling you they might not have been enshrined in the constitution minister, but they were telling you and the Northern Territory Government that things were going to explode.

n

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Burney:

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n

Which is why we are responding, which is why there was substantial money committed in the budget towards Central Australia. This is not something that we walked into yesterday, Patricia, this has been something that we’ve been working with and dealing with for a very long time.

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Thanks to Martin for kicking off proceedings for us this morning.

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The government will today host a roundtable meeting to address sexual violence associated with dating apps.

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The minister for social services, Amanda Rishworth, told ABC radio this morning there was “big interest” from the tech companies to address the issue.

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Rishworth says she wants to see the design of the apps incorporate features to prevent or intervene early in instances of sexual violence.

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n

Can we put, for example, education about respectful relationships? Can we use the technology to look at patterns of behaviour and intervene early?

n

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And more on the news in the Northern Territory – the federal and territory governments have flagged the reintroduction of alcohol bans, which lapsed last year. Communities have been given the option to opt out of the bans.

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After an emergency meeting late last night between community leaders and federal ministers, the prime minister, Anthony Albanese announced a new regional controller to “make sure that we get federal and state programs coordinated in the best possible way”.

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The NT chief minister Natasha Fyles announced a three-month trial to ban the sale of takeaway alcohol on Mondays and Tuesday, restrict operating hours for bottleshops and a limit of one transaction per customer per day.

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You can read more from our Indigenous affairs editor, Lorena Allam:

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In South Australia, the former prime minister Julia Gillard will conduct the first public hearings for SA’s royal commission into early childhood education and care.

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The hearings start today and will take evidence from a range of expert witnesses, kicking off with Associate Prof Victoria Whitington from the Child Development Council.

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Let’s get into it!

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Experts are calling for greater government investment in public education as a new survey suggests parents could spend up to $100,000 putting a child through the state school system starting this year.

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The Futurity Investment Group’s cost of education index found the cost of a government education in Melbourne was $102,807, which was 17% above the national average of $87,528, making it the most expensive city for public education.

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Although public schools don’t charge mandatory fees, the survey asked parents about the other costs involved in schooling. Nationally, voluntary student contributions – which are optional – made up just 4% of total costs for government education – the rest going towards optional additional expenses like electronic devices, uniforms and tutoring.

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Futurity Investment Group’s Kate Hill said the figures proved there was “no such thing as a free education” in Australia. She said the total cost of education has risen at nearly double the rate of inflation over the past decade.

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The treasurer, Jim Chalmers, has been busy over the summer, penning a 6,000 word essay for The Monthly headlined Capitalism after the Crisis.

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Politics watchers with long memories will recall there’s a tradition of Queensland Labor rightwingers contributing long-form think pieces mulling the state of the country. Kevin Rudd wrote about the global financial crisis more than a decade ago. Wayne Swan wrote about inequality and the power of vested interests in the Australian economy.

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The Chalmers essay explores values-based capitalism. The piece highlights the importance of the clean energy transition to setting up a new era of prosperity and sustainability; the importance of healthy democratic and economic institutions; and the centrality of wellbeing to measures of economic success.

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The essay also traverses some interesting territory about the prospects for collaboration between government and the private sector. Chalmers says the times are turbulent but “we can do more than simply batten down the hatches and hope for the best”.

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He says there is an opportunity to build an economy that is “stronger, more sustainable and more inclusive, where more of our people share in our economic success”.

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