Election 2013: Tony Abbott promises $45 million for Indigenous training, employment scheme
Mr Abbott made the announcement during a visit to Western Australia's Pilbara region on Saturday afternoon, where he met with mining boss Andrew Forrest.
The Generation One scheme was established by Mr Forrest to provide practical training to Indigenous people and give them a guaranteed job.
Mr Abbott expects the funding will help 5,000 people get work.
"The quickest way to get better outcomes for Aboriginal people is to significantly improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal people," he said.
Mr Abbott also announced that the Coalition will review all Indigenous training and employment schemes within six months, if it wins the election.
The review will be headed by Mr Forrest, who runs Fortescue Metals.
"I can't think of a better person to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal people," Mr Abbott said.
Mr Forrest, who is a passionate advocate for Indigenous employment, says there is enormous potential for getting thousands of people off welfare and into work.
"It's employment that allows Indigenous people to walk amongst the giants of their traditional cultures and also to have economic independence which brings self-reliance, freedom and pride," he said.
"Careers can light up independent and sustainable Indigenous lives, promoting the preservation of our First Australians' beautiful culture, traditions and language - as opposed to watching it destroyed by good intentions and the cash hand out mentality.
"On a bipartisan basis we must stop the disparity in its tracks."
Mr Abbott, who has long taken a personal interest in Indigenous affairs, last week unveiled plans to establish an Indigenous advisory council to help tackle disadvantage in Aboriginal communities.
He also vowed to do whatever he can to improve Aboriginal land rights if he wins office.
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