ideas forum - 12th August 2010
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Forrest and Greg Tingle
wasnt the first forum addressing Aboriginal
disadvantage, nor will it be the last but this talkfest
up the road at Moore Park, Fox Studios was effective.
me it was personal.
GenerationOne founder and visionary, Andrew Twiggy
Forrest (mining magnate billionaire) and his Bondi
Beach-based mate, James Casino King Packer
(currently sailing the high seas off Europe), I spent
my formative youth around indigenous Australians.
strongly agree with Twiggys comments that the
more you get to know Aboriginal people the more you
believe GenerationOne will be successful. Why? Key
people in GenerationOne are already employing thousands
of Aboriginal people and plan to employ more. Theres
no handouts here. Forrest, Packer and others help
because its the right thing to do and its good
has challenged politicians of all parties to help
Indigenous people get into the Australian workforce.
The mining king said he wasnt a bleeding
up Indigenous people makes good business sense,
he told the Fox Studios audience last Thursday.
is the key to ending Indigenous disparity if the government
encourages industries that can really make a difference
mining, tourism, construction, hospitality.
they encourage those industries to deliver training
then other companies will have the faith to continue
said the government would need to provide funding
or subsidise the costs of training.
chief executive of the Business Council of Australia,
Melinda Cliento, also on the GenerationOne panel,
said standards needed to be raised so indigenous children
didnt leave school and end up unemployed.