• Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits Bamaga Junior School Bamaga on the Northern Peninsula. (AAP)Source: AAP
It will be a far cry from the power plays and political maneuvering of the nation's capital when the former PM once again fulfills his pledge to spend a part of each year in an Indigenous community.
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NITV Staff Writer

21 Aug 2017 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2017 - 1:25 PM

Former prime minister Tony Abbott will travel to The Kimberley this week to work as a teacher's aide at Halls Creek local school. 

"Aboriginal people are about two to three per cent of our population so why shouldn't politicians spend about two per cent of the year - or a week - focused on their issues," he told 2GB radio's Ray Hadley on Monday.

Mr Abbott has spent a portion of each year since 2014 in a remote community to gain more understanding of the issues facing Indigenous Australians.

In 2015 he controversially referred to people living in remote communities as having made "lifestyle choices" that government's should not subsidise. He later said he regretted the comment and described it as a "blunder".

Mr Abbott told Hadley that forms of teaching like direct instruction were making more of an appearance because of advocates like Noel Pearson.

"I understand there are forms of direct instructions happening here in the Kimberley and I'm looking forward to seeing that starting from tomorrow," he said.

Mr Abbott also supported the expanded rollout of cashless welfare cards in remote communities announced by the Turnbull Government last week.

"If you're a working age person on welfare - particularly if you've got kids - why shouldn't a very significant percentage of your taxpayer income be quarantined for the necessities of life," he said.

"This has got a lot of potential for the welfare system right around our country."

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