March 2010

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GenerationOne Blog - March 2010


Guest Blogger - Elaine Henry, A program for Change with Room For Everyone

I was heartened last week to note the launch of the GenerationOne project to address Indigenous disadvantage in Australia and in particular, the approach the campaign has taken towards reaching out to the younger generation to “make a difference in our lifetime”. Helping to make a difference It is certainly not the first time such a grand plan to address the gap between non-Indigenous Australians and Indigenous has been announced, however the backing of high calibre celebrities and notable businesspeople goes a long way towards bringing this idea to the attention of mainstream media – something many similar projects have failed to achieve. This is an issue that requires the attention of all Australians, however individuals can often feel powerless in the face of such an immense and... More...

31 March @ 04:50 Add your comment

Tania and Melinda on-air with Ray Hadley

Click here to listen to Ray Hadley on 2GB radio interviewing “Hands across Australia” singer Melinda Schneider and our spokesman Tania Major about GenerationOne and about the song. It was a fantastic segment for our campaign. Tania and Melinda talked about why they are so proud to be part of GenerationOne. Ray "got it" instantly, and said "we need to make sure it works." He even quoted a long list of unacceptable facts about Indigenous disparity, including that in some rural areas up to 70% of Indigenous students regularly do not attend school. It's about time we change that, together, as Tania said on the program: ... More...

31 March @ 09:14 Add your comment

It's All About Sunny Horsham - Special Guest, Paul Knight

Here I am with the mob in Horsham, Victoria. Was a beautiful morning and our friends from the Lions Club came down to host a community sausage sizzle, thank you. We met some locals and local organisations such as Goolum Goolum and HCAC. Thanks to everyone who came down and supported us. You can check out our photos from today on facebook. We are now on the road to Adelaide, head on down tomorrow, Wednesday morning from 7am - 9am at Rundle Mall. Cheers, Paul  ... More...

30 March @ 06:12 Add your comment

Real Job in all sorts of places

At GenerationOne we support real, sustainable jobs for Indigenous people across the spectrum of industries and regions. Not just mining, but retail, services, hospitality, tourism - you name it. We know that 70% of Indigenous people live in urban and regional cities and towns and can, with the right education, training and opportunity participate in a range of jobs. We know the Australian Employment Covenant has gathered employers who, between them, have committed over 20,000 jobs for Indigenous people. And many others are doing likewise. This article also shows what is being done in just one project in more remote areas to provide full time, sustainable real jobs for stockmen. ... More...

30 March @ 04:14 Add your comment

The roadshow is picking up momentum

Check out this great video from our Dubbo event. Next up - Horsham, Adelaide, and Port Augusta. Find out all our stops here. ... More...

30 March @ 11:14 Add your comment

GenerationOne Hits Melbourne (Storm) - Paul Knight

Hi Guys I went along to the activation event in Melbourne this morning at Federation Square. The rain was coming down and it was black and not with the good types of blacks it was those dam clouds. We had some of the local mob dancing and Brothablack was fantastic MC'ing. Paul Sinclair from AIME gave a great speech and it is amazing what you can learn when you're in the jungle (for those that were there you will know what I mean) for the rest of you you will just need to get along to the next event to see what your missing. We are in Horsham Tuesday morning, early 8am - 10am. Cheers Paul ... More...

29 March @ 10:14 Add your comment

Guest Post - "Awareness fueling hope"

This is a guest post from Belinda Huntriss, the Brisbane Program Manager for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME): I'm a pretty friendly outgoing person who is always up for a yarn to anyone who will listen (just ask my family- I’m sure they will tell you I could talk the leg off a chair!). Because of my upbringing & approachability, I‘ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet with people from all different backgrounds, religions, cultures and age groups from across Australia, learning plenty along the way. ... More...

27 March @ 05:01 Add your comment

Join the Movement

Use the form in the top-right to join the movement and be a part of the generation for change. For too long we've put off solving Indigenous disadvantage -- expected government or "someone else" to take care of it. And many of us ignored it completely, hopelessly thinking that there's nothing we can do – that dependence and despair are too big of barriers. So, we've waited, letting pass another day, another year ... another generation. ... More...

27 March @ 09:10 Add your comment

Our TV Ad!

If you have not checked out our TV ad yet, watch it right now. It will be airing across the country, making our case for change and why we all need to get involved: ... More...

26 March @ 02:09 Add your comment

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

It is important that we consult with people and GenerationOne is actively canvassing people to provide ideas and the things that work in your local area. There is no question though, that GenerationOne favours real action.  This article by Paul Toohey is an interesting one about the balance between consultation and action.  Warren Mundine supports a strong job emphasis.  "I'm beyond the representative body," he says. "It's now about how we get real meat on the bone of indigenous development. That's the real area. "We've had representative bodies going back to my childhood. We need to move beyond that. We need individual wealth in our communities." ... More...

26 March @ 12:33 Add your comment