"Twiggy" Forrest James
Man Founder And Director Attends And Pitches Questions
At GenerationOne Ideas Forum In Sydney - 29th July
"Twiggy" Forrest and Greg
Ideas Forum Comes To Fox Studios; Business, social
and community entrepreneurs unite, by Greg Tingle
- August 2010
wasn't the first forum addressing Aboriginal disadvantage,
nor will it be the last, but one gets the distinct
feeling this "talk fest" was effective,
and believe me, the positive flow on effects are already
taking place, many out of the public or media spotlight.
"Fame" is not the objective here, however
awareness is no doubt of prime importance, thus mainstream
and alternative media does play a role.
me this was personal (not business, not politics or
it is of life significance.
had finally come to our backyard, just up the road
at Moore Park, Fox Studios. I hadn't met up with the
team previously at the Circular Quay happening months
back, as the happening had snuck up on me. I wasn't
going to miss out on the Fox appearance for the world.
GenerationOne founder and visionary, Andrew "Twiggy"
Forrest (his other cap being mining magnate billionaire)
and his Bondi Beach based mate and associate, James
"Casino King" Packer (currently sailing
the high seas off Europe).
spent much of my formative youth around indigenous
Australians. My late farther was a miner - truck driver,
who transformed himself into property developer. Some
of dad's best mates and associates were "Abbo"
(affectionate). I couldn't agree more with Twiggy's
comments that "The more you get to know Aboriginal
people the more you love them".
believe that GenerationOne will continue to be successful.
Why? Dreamers plus Big Resources, the super powers
of Australian business and media, tremendous People
Power, and the genuine desire to win. A number of
key people in GenerationOne are already employing
thousands of (suitable) Aboriginal people and plan
to employ more. There's no handouts here, hand ups
yes, and everyone is motivated. Forrest, Packer, myself
and others don't need to help - we want to, because
we can, and it's the right thing to do, and its good
business. Aussies helping Aussies in the spirit of
mateship and a fair go for all.
has challenged politicians of all parties to help
indigenous people get in (and stay in) the Australian
workforce. It's not a quick fix, but it is based on
Fortescue Metals Chief Executive advised last Thursday
that he "wasn't a bleeding heart" and "skilling-up
indigenous people made good business sense".
said indigenous people didn't need more welfare money
but need real leadership.
government really needs to move itself along and say
'OK, welfare really hasn't worked'," he told
the Fox Studios crowd last Thursday.
is the key to ending indigenous disparity. If the
government encourages industries which can really
make a difference, and yes it is mining, but it's
also construction, it's also hospitality, it's also
they encourage those industries to deliver the training
themselves (then) other companies ... will have the
faith to continue the employment."
stressed that the government would need to step up
and provide funding and / or subsidise the costs of
Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia,
Melinda Cliento, also on the GenerationOne panel,
said standards needed to be raised so indigenous children
didn't leave school and stray into unemployment.
said it was also in the interest of Australian businesses
to employ indigenous people.
not doing this because I'm a philanthropist or because
I've got a bleeding heart. I'm doing this essentially
because it's great for business," he said.
more business grows, the morale of your people, the
culture deepens of your workforce - you become a more
The writer is a pro active supporter of GenerationOne,
Virgin Unite, The Salvation Army and owns shares in
writer has previously assisted and campaigned for
a number of Indigenous Australian communities and
associated initiatives including but not limited to
Yuggera Tribe, Githabul People, Whaledreamers and
Friends Of Malabar Headland
(Boondi) is an Aboriginal word which means 'Water
breaking over rocks'
Australian Aboriginals And Casinos Generate Bob Geldof
Heat, by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
and community entrepreneurs, what do Aussie indigenous
peoples, casinos and pop icon Bob Geldof share in
common? No, its not a game of what's red, white and
black all over... ok, bad joke... the answer is "a
nun in a blender". Getting serious, wonderful
Australian initiative GenerationOne, has once again
brought together an eclectic mix of society, business,
rock stars, humanitarians... the whole box and dice.
Media Man, passionate community campaigner and media
entrepreneur, and Gambling911, new media powerhouse,
hit the Aussie Outback in search of answers...
Aid humanitarian and rock star "rat" tells
us Australia has "exiled" indigenous Australians
from the nation.
and Asia Pacific casino and lifestyle king, James
Packer of Crown, copped an earful, as did others...
more on that later, but here's an overview... the
calm before the storm friends...
were forced to be exiled from themselves and that
must stop," he preached.
need to pull them back into themselves because youve
acknowledged them as being. The spiritual core of
yourselves will only be filled when this is done.".
Boobtown Rat was speaking to a breakfast for Perth,
WA mining baron Andrew "Twiggy" Forrests
nation-touring GenerationOne movement. "Twiggy"
and the team aims to halt indigenous disparity within
this generation. Geldof likened indigenous affairs
in Australia to situations hed witnessed in
3rd-world Africa, and you get the idea.
said on the radio back in 1984 that to die of want
in a world of surplus is not only intellectually absurd,
it is morally repulsive. Well lets add economically
illiterate to that.
already started to sound that he was talking to the
casino, development and mining industry... he has
a captive audience, that much is for certain, and
news media caught every word!
removed from your society of 'having a go' 500,000
of your own. That is absurd. Its economically
like those 44 million African children (given access
to education from the Live Aid campaign) will be a
massive driving force in the world economy, so your
own Aboriginal people require to be allowed in. The
access point is education."
urged the "rich bastards" (Mr Packer et
al) in attendance at the breaky to contribute wholeheartedly
and dig deep re Mr Forrests fight to end indigenous
disparity. It's a shame 'Our Richard' (Branson), Steve
Wynn (still winning big), and billionaire 'Google
Guys' weren't in attendance.
shots at a guest representative of Mr Frank Lowys
Westfield empire and GenerationOne benefactor and
key supporter, casino king James Packer, Geldof said
"You can build a small shop and then you can
build very, very big shop. You can build a casino
and then you can build five casinos, youre still
building fu...king casinos."
Geldof was more than happy to take a pot shot at himself,
thereby covering his ass for later heat...
you could be singularly responsible for two of the
worst pop records ever made (We Are the World and
Do They Know Its Christmas?).
can do all that, but its just not enough. Its
all sort of empty. It doesnt mean very much.
Of course, what it is is being able to take what youre
doing, which is less than some and more than others,
and extend it out. Well thats what Twiggy (Andrew
Forrest) is doing."
minutes of Geldoff speak, poetic tongue, relating
to all, Dreamtime included, it was appropriate that
Geldof (Mr Rat) signed off with a quote from German
writer Johann von Goethe "Whatever you can do
or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it.".
Man and Gambling911 wish the loyal readership magic
of Enchanted Unicorn proportions and genius, be it
poker, casino classics, sports betting, or friends
and relationships. Geldof is not interested to have
a 'Boomtown Rats' themed slot machine, despite fellow
rocker, Aussie Angry Anderson doing well with his
'Rose Tattoo' casino club themes. Packer has not publicity
commented on a Kerry Packer or 'Underbelly' casino
slot game to date, which means its still a possibility.
Rock on my brothers, white, black or other! We are
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