Issue 4
Monday, 28 May 2018
Charles Darwin University
Students and staff with the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Luke Gosling MP
Students and staff with the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Luke Gosling MP

Students share hopes, dreams and ambitions

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

About 20 Charles Darwin University students met Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek and spoke of their ambitions and the challenges they face in furthering their education.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling OAM MP visited the Casuarina campus in early May and spoke to the Preparation for Tertiary Success students and staff.

The students discussed their learning journeys and aspirations for careers in education, health and law.

Kiriz Oliver said she became inspired toward a career in health after being diagnosed with diabetes.

“I saw all the hard work and support given to me by the nurses,” she said. “They were very caring and kind - they inspired me to be just like them.”

Another student, Kingsley Alley, wants to pursue a career in helping people who suffer from drug and alcohol issues.

“We need more Indigenous men to be strong role models,” he said. “It has been hard for me being a single father of three, but I want to support and inspire others to have better lives.”

Ms Plibersek applauded the students, many who have travelled from across Australia.

“It’s a real gutsy thing to do – going back to school,” Ms Plibersek said.

“I admire you and think you'll be great role models for others in your communities around Australia.”

Preparation for Tertiary Success is a free Tertiary Enabling Program designed for Indigenous students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for university. Successful completion gives students the minimum entry requirements for most degrees at CDU and universities in South Australia. PTS is part of the Batchelor Institute/CDU partnership.