March 2013

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In the News - March 2013

Forrest’s challenge over Indigenous jobs

Australian, Page: 2 By Patricia Karvelas Wednesday, 20 March 2013EXCLUSIVEMINING magnate Andrew Forrest will issue a challenge to Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to tackle the bureaucracy’s obsession with "welfare" and confront the "passive resistance" to his plan to get Aboriginal people into jobs.The chairman of Fortescue Metals Group will also call for teachers to be paid bonuses if the bollom 50 per cent of students at remote schools attend school at the same rate as high performing schools in the city.In a speech in Canberra today, Mr Forrest will say he doesn’t expect one extra dollar to be spent, but wants bureaucrats directed to radically change their approach because Australians are sick of the disparity."It’s a challenge to both.. . to go into this coming el... More...

25 March @ 04:09

A new jobs model is needed to narrow the gap

Australian Financial Review, Page: 43 By Warren Mundine Wednesday, 20 March 2013Despite the funds allocated and a multitude of programs, employment targets for iixligenous Australians have not been met.For decades now Australian governments have been talking about ending the disparity between indigenous and nonindigenous Australians. The sentiments are genuine but so far very little real change has been achieved. I have never seen so much time, effort and money devoted to achieve something without achieving anything much at all.Halfway into the decade of concerted government effort to close the gap, it has become clear that employment targets have not been met and the challenge remains almost as big as when we began.In my view an end to disparity is very simple. And it starts with in... More...

25 March @ 04:08

BCA backs business-led training for Indigenous people

Australian Financial Review, Page: 14 By Fleur Anderson Thursday, 21 March 2013The Business Council of Australia has joined Crown Ltd chairman James Packer, Qantas, Wesfarmers and National Australia Bank in pushing for business-led trairnng for the long-term unemployed among indigenous people to make better use of public funding.BCA chairman Tony Shepherd has backed former ALP national president Warren Mundine, now chairman of indigenous employment group GenerationOne, who wants a change to government training programs, which he says are wasting millions of dollars.Mr Mundine, Mr Shepherd and Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest met in Canberra on Wednesday to pressure Labor and the Coalition to link government-funding training with guaranteed jobs.Opposition Leader Tony Ab... More...

25 March @ 04:06

SPEECH: The Hon Julie Collins MP address to the GenerationOne Breakfast

The Hon Julie Collins MP Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development address to the GenerationOne Breakfast.  Thanks Ray [Martin MC] and good morning everyone. It’s a pleasure to be part of GenerationOne’s third birthday celebrations. Thank you Matilda [House] for your Welcome to Country. I too wish to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we meet today, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. I extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are here this morning. I’d also like to acknowledge: Tony Abbott—Leader of the Opposition Jenny Macklin—Minister for Indigenous Affairs My parliamentary colleagues Andrew Forrest—... More...

25 March @ 02:14

SPEECH: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott Address to GenerationOne Breakfast, Parliament House

SPEECH: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott Address to GenerationOne Breakfast, Parliament House It’s terrific to be here. I acknowledge Matilda. It’s great to be with you, Matilda. I acknowledge you, Mick Gooda, the Social Justice Commissioner and you Tom Calma, his predecessor. It’s great to be with Ken Wyatt, the first indigenous member of the House of Representatives – our elder, Ken, thank you so much for being here, and so many other parliamentary colleagues, my deputy Julie Bishop, Ministers Macklin and Collins, Shadow Ministers Scullion and Payne.     It’s great to see so many people here today, because there is a new spirit in our land; a new determination to make the most of our country, a determination that Aboriginal people should not just ... More...

25 March @ 02:11