January 2011

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In the News - January 2011

The Australian

The Australian  Monday 20/12/2010 Page: 4  Section: General News Region: Australia Circulation: 131,246 Title: Indigenous obstacles to work A lack of education is seen as the biggest obstacle for indigenous people seeking a job ahead of discrimination by employers or dependence on welfare. A survey of indigenous and non-indigenous people for the GenerationOne employment initiative also highlights a level of optimism among the younger indigenous community, with more than half believing their racial heritage was no hurdle to getting a good job.  ... More...

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Education is key to jobs - Northern Territory News

SADLY, few Territorians would be surprised that mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's plan to find 50,000 jobs for indigenous Australians has fal- len well short of its target. Fewer than 3000 places have been filled. And, of course, we Territorians know most of those have been filled by urban Aboriginal people, not the remote folk who suffer so much from the lack of job opportunities. Mr Forrest's problems have been caused not just by the lack of a work ethic in the indigenous community - although that undoubtedly is a major obstacle - but the lack of education. Mining companies need a sound level of learning even for the humblest of jobs; even the site cleaner needs to be able to read safety signs. It would be easy to say that Mr Forrest's target was impossibly ambitious. And mayb... More...

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Title: Young Voices loud and proud

Courier Mail Wednesday 22nd December 2010 Page 24 Section: General News Region: QLD: Circulation: 211,230 Title: Young Voices loud and proud Two 13 year old girls, Shania and Summer from Doomadgee in Qld win the GenerationOne One Voice Kids Address the Nation Competition. They said in their entry, "We want to help our community by helping close the education gap."..... "8 students from Doomadgee have finished year 12 in the last ten years." The competition followed the historic speech made by Madeleine Madden, who was the first address to the nation on every free-to-air television network, reaching about 6 million Australians last October. ... More...

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West Australian

West Australian monday 3/1/11 Page 15, General News Perth Circ: 203,204 For Jessica, working in mining is the wheel deal. Jessica Healy never expected to work in the mining industry. The bubbly Queenslander was studying psychology in her home State when the opportunity arose to put her hand up for an indigenous cadetship with Australian mining giant Rio Tinto. The decision to apply changed the course of her career path, and she has no regrets. Ms Healy's story is an example of what happens when miners' indigenous initiatives work as they should but it does not tell the whole story. All the major miners, Rio, BHP Billiton or Fortescue Metals Group, back the call for more indigenous employment but the progress of changes has been slower than the industry would like to see.... More...

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AGE Wednesday 5th January 2011 Page 6, General News Melbourne, Circ: 202,100 Call to end reliance on welfare This article quotes the GenerationOne statistics on the GenerationOne website "Inform yourself" page. http://www.theage.com.au/national/call-to-end-reliance-on-welfare-20110104-19f3j.html  A NEW generation of welfare dependants will be created in remote Aboriginal communities unless radical action is taken to get children to regularly attend school, a veteran indigenous affairs administrator says. Bob Beadman, the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services, also wants governments to create greater incentives for Aboriginal people to work. ''If children have never seen either parent working, believe the government will support them for life, do n... More...

17 January @ 11:10