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WARREN MUNDINE JOINS ANDREW 'TWIGGY' FORREST'S INDIGENOUS JOBS PUSH

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WARREN MUNDINE JOINS ANDREW 'TWIGGY' FORREST'S INDIGENOUS JOBS PUSH
May 04, 2012 08:23AM
WARREN MUNDINE JOINS ANDREW 'TWIGGY' FORREST'S INDIGENOUS JOBS PUSH
[www.theaustralian.com.au]
by: PATRICIA KARVELAS
From: The Australian
May 04, 2012 12:00AM


FORMER ALP president and indigenous leader Warren Mundine has vowed to push the Gillard Government to overhaul its indigenous jobs strategy after he was recruited to lead mining magnate Andrew Forrest's GenerationOne campaign.

The campaign, which aims to end the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in one generation, was previously lead by former ALP national secretary Tim Gartrell.

"Over the years, there have been good intentions, but there has been far too much training for training's sake without leading to a job. I see the (Vocational Training and Employment Centres) VTEC approach as the right direction," Mr Mundine told The Australian.

"I want to continue to work with Government to get the right mix of policies and programs, but I'm also going to hold them accountable. We need to look at training models that guarantee employment, because employment is the key to ending indigenous disadvantage," he said.

Mr Forrest praised Mr Mundine saying: "Warren is an outstanding indigenous leader who believes strongly in the power of employment as the best way to rid indigenous communities of welfare dependency and end the disparity.

"Warren's first task is to hold the federal government to its 2008 promise to provide the training necessary to deliver jobs committed under the 50,000 jobs campaign.

"More than 330 employers have now made commitments of over 61,000 jobs. 10,000 of those have been filled but we need the government to deliver on its 2008 promise under the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC) to provide the training, especially to the long term unemployed."

Indigenous leaders have criticised the federal government for not funding jobs programs backed by Mr Forrest.

Mr Mundine said he looked forward to the challenge of working with business, government and indigenous communities across Australia to deliver real jobs.

"I'm excited and honoured to be taking up this new role and look forward to cranking up the campaign and getting the VTEC policy implemented," said Mr Mundine.

"There is only one way to tackle welfare dependency in indigenous communities and that's to give people the best alternative - a career. The government must deliver on their commitments. If they do the disparity between our people will be made redundant."

Mr Mundine has a long history in indigenous employment, through his involvement in the setting up of the AEC, as Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and working with some of Australia's largest corporations.

Mr Forrest thanked outgoing CEO Tim Gartrell for taking the GenerationOne campaign from its launch to 250,000 supporters and driving the development of the VTEC policy. Mr Gartrell will shortly commence a new role as Campaign Director for Reconciliation Australia.


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Re: WARREN MUNDINE JOINS ANDREW 'TWIGGY' FORREST'S INDIGENOUS JOBS PUSH
May 07, 2012 08:16AM
Not to be expected from an organisation like Generation One, but surely not too unreasonable to hope that the government might be more active in partnership with Generation One; how about government actually helping to create jobs in remote regions?

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) have both been very disappointing in their past ultra conservative approaches to stimulating and supporting small and start-up Indigenous enterprise in remote regions.

If IBA and DEEWR were more active in stimulating and supporting small and start-up Indigenous enterprise in remote regions, Generation One might be charged with supplying the recruiting and training needs for those businesses.
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