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PM chats with Weemala staff

The staff from Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit caught up with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently at the inaugural NRL All Stars clash on the Gold Coast.

The gripping match marked the second anniversary of Mr Rudd's apology to the stolen generation, with the Indigenous All Stars beating the NRL All Stars 16-12.

Weemala was one of only a few higher education units selected by the Former Origin Greats to participate in a Careers and Education Expo as part of the pre-game activities.

Weemala Academic Co-ordinator Dean Duncan also organised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, and McAuley Student Association members to attend the game.

He said the event was a great opportunity to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments, and work towards increasing the number of qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in schools and businesses.

“This was a great opportunity for ACU to demonstrate our commitment to assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within our community to gain formal qualifications, in a friendly supportive learning environment,” Dean said.

Kevin Rudd and Dean DuncanPrime Minister Kevin Rudd and Weemala Co-ordinator Dean Duncan.


The PM was also interviewed by ACU Wired Brisbane Radio Station Manager, Will Waugh, who spoke to Mr Rudd about his support for the Indigenous All Stars side.

The PM said the event would help develop role models for the future, and was a great opportunity to foster Indigenous pride.

Listen in to ACU Wired Radio for the full interview on Monday 15 March.

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