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Nova Peris: Gov't must address underlying issues to truancy
Posted on September 30, 2014
Alex Leggett
with ABC News

Labor Senator Nova Peris says a major reason for school truancy in remote communities is the large number of funerals attended by families.

In light of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's trip to Arnhem Land and the Government's push to get kids to school, Senator Peris (pictured) says bullying and overcrowded housing must also be considered in addressing truancy.

She says after a five-day visit to the region, it's likely Mr Abbott has only scratched the surface of the region's issues and he'll need a deeper understanding to increase school attendance.


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