Two-thirds of Australians say they won’t live to see an Indigenous Prime Minister

That’s a pretty depressing number. Newspoll just released the finding, and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is using it as an opportunity to draw the connection between education and political leadership. Just 50% of Indigenous kids finish high school at the moment, and among kids in AIEF programs, which it calls “Australia’s most proven and scalable solution to reducing Aboriginal secondary education inequality,” that figure is 90%. This video features Indigenous high schoolers answering the question, “what would you do if you were PM?”

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/chrisjv/ Chris V

    Depressing number? Indigenous people are 2.5% of the population. In the 112 years since Federation, we’ve had 27 Prime Ministers. If you do the maths, even if you assumed all indigenous people had an equal chance to be PM, it would be unlikely to see one over the course of a human lifespan. Bit over a 40% chance in 80 years.