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GenerationOne Blog - May 2010


Alarming New Health Figures

GenerationOne targets education, training and employment as a critical part of the equation to closing the gap — but nothing demonstrates just how unacceptable Indigenous disparity is more than the state of Aboriginal health. Some alarming news reports have come out in the past couple weeks: RATES of pneumonia among central Australian children are the highest in the world, reaching 78.4 cases per 1000 children annually -- higher than in Gambia, South Africa, Fiji, Uruguay or Pakistan. Hospitalisation rates for serious chest infections in Northern Territory indigenous babies are about four times higher than among Native American infants, at 427 per 1000 babies annually compared with 116. While rates of pneumonia confirmed on X-ray were 26.6 per 1000 population annually, t... More...

27 May @ 09:02 Add your comment

National Sorry Day

On National Sorry Day, and with Reconciliation Week commencing, it is timely that GenerationOne continues to grow as a movement, demonstrating that Australians are united as never before around wanting to see an end to Indigenous disparity. Ten years ago, 300,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to show their support for their Indigenous brothers and sisters. Now in 2010, in the words of Reconciliation Australia, “while there’s still a way to go, respect, trust and the knowledge to turn good intentions into effective actions pave the way forward”. As GenerationOne has moved around the county with our roadshow, we have seen first hand some of the wonderful work that is happening across the nation by people who are paving the way forward. ... More...

26 May @ 08:52 Add your comment

Geldof's full speech from yesterday

A video of Sir Bob Geldof's full speech from yesterday's Brisbane Roadshow stop: Andrew Forrest met with 'Sir Bob' on Tuesday, and shortly after he agreed to attend Wednesday's GenerationOne events in Brisbane. You may not agree with everything, but his core argument really hits the nail on the head: "You are beginning to deal with a problem that has been festering but can be resolved and needs to be resolved if the potential of this country is to be genuinely realised. And I don't mean that in any emotional sense or a cultural sense, I mean it in an economic sense." ... More...

20 May @ 09:02 Add your comment

Andrew Forrest on ABC Radio - Brisbane

Andrew had a great interview on ABC yesterday, in which he told his story of growing up with Aboriginal mates, then tragically seeing them decline to welfare and addiction. Andrew went to his last mate's funeral last year. It's his inspiration for GenerationOne: This is not the time for mourning; it's the time for action. We've got to stop throwing money, and instead throw opportunity – throw education, training, and guaranteed jobs. ... More...

20 May @ 04:02 Add your comment

Bob Geldof - Australia is 'Economically Stupid'

Our Brisbane Roadshow stop created lots of buzz yesterday with a speech by Sir Bob Geldof which he called Australia's treatment of the Aboriginal community both 'morally repulsive' and 'economically stupid.' Check out this recap and video from the Courier-Mail: He likened indigenous affairs in Australia to situations he'd witnessed in third-world Africa. "I said on the radio back in 1984 that to die of want in a world of surplus is not only intellectually absurd, it is morally repulsive. Well let's add economically illiterate to that," Sir Bob said. "You've removed from your society of 'having a go' 500,000 thousand of your own. That is absurd. It's economically stupid. ... More...

20 May @ 10:20 Add your comment

The Roadshow Rolls On

The Roadshow is going extremely well. If you didn't get Tania's email from Thursday, here's the update: Before today's stop, we swung through WA and the NT. Our events in Darwin with Andrew Forrest and Jack Manning Bancroft were a fantastic success. The NT govt. signed up 200 jobs for Aboriginal people, along with four other local NT businesses. Our activation in the Casuarina Shopping Centre in Darwin was really inspiring -- especially hearing the stories from a couple of teacher's aids who came out from Maningrida. Thanks, girls -- really loved meeting up with you. At all of our stops, we've met with Australians from all backgrounds, incomes and races, to listen to ideas on how to close the gap, and building momentum on our journey. We've had a simple but profound message - "you ca... More...

14 May @ 07:11 Add your comment

Closing the Literacy Gap

Great story on Wednesday 12th May in the SMH about the Exodus Foundation's intensive literacy program in Redfern. Here's an excerpt: The Exodus Foundation's national education manager, Glenys O'Riley, said the classes were aimed at students whose literacy skills were lagging at least two years behind their chronological age. ... More...

13 May @ 08:44 Add your comment

So Long, Salon

Below is an inspirational guest post from Maria Nickels, a Noongar woman who is an Aboriginal Health Worker and is now living in Darwin with her family. Arriving in Darwin in the immediate post-cyclone Tracey years, I could never have imagined what the future held. I am a Noongar woman originally from Northam in Western Australia’s wheat belt area, was in my early 20’s and working as a hairdresser, and a career in health research and midwifery was the last thing on my mind. Thirty years on, I am a fully trained Aboriginal Health Worker and employed with the Northern Territory Government - Department of Health and Families – Midwifery Group Practice. I am also a wife, mother and grandmother and have well and truly made Darwin my home. ... More...

10 May @ 07:35 Add your comment

GenerationOne on 9News and Win News

Got some great press coverage from last week's roadshow stop in Perth, including a feature story and interview by both 9News and WIN News. Watch them here: One of the more inspiring answers from Andrew Forrest during the WIN interview was this: ... More...

05 May @ 11:02 Add your comment

Guest Blog from Joel Hamling - Local Broome Boy and Role Model

Joel Hamling, 17, is local boy living in the beautiful town of Broome. He moved from Kununarra when he was very young with his mother. Joel attends the Broome Senior High School. Joel understands his move to Broome with his mother to be for the wider opportunities available in a bigger town like Broome. He is an inspiration to the youth of Broome, believing it is so important to 'get an education and stick at it so you can set yourself up for the future.' Joel Hamling plays footy for the Cable Beach Football Club. He is in his last year of school and will head to Perth next year to continue with his footy. His passion for his mates at school is infectious. He really does want the best for all of them. ... More...

03 May @ 03:13 Add your comment