Closing The Gap
Imagine going to work and having no desk, no office and no employees. That’s what I did in 2011 when I spent four weeks on secondment with Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group in Redfern. I went on secondment with Babana to help find premises and assist in getting funding to employ a staff member - two small things that most businesses take for granted.
Babana isn’t a normal business, it’s a not-for-profit focused on Aboriginal men who live and work in Redfern. Led by Mark Spinks, Babana reconnects Aboriginal men with their culture, community, employment opportunities and health services. I worked with Babana as part of Jawun - a not-for-profit organisation that forges relationships between Corporate Australia and a range of Indigenous organisations in communities across Australia.
It’s a classic example of the old “teach a man to fish” proverb and my role also included skills transfer.
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Yesterday’s Prime Ministerial address to the nation on Closing the Gap with Aboriginal Australia showed just how complex this historic undertaking will be. Now in its fifth year, the simple measures like service access are promising, but evidence of utilisation and outcomes remains elusive.
Australia’s Aboriginal population will pass 600,000 later this year. That is a 45% jump since the 2001 Census; mostly in our eastern seaboard cities and towns.
Contrast this with the remote Aboriginal population which has stabilised at just over 100,000. It still grows at 1-2% annually in Queensland and the Northern Territory but is falling at an even faster rate in remote South and Western Australia.
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Every now and then life deals you a moment which overloads your emotions.
You’re not sure whether to cry or cheer or run and hide just to catch your breath.
That’s how I felt standing on the sixth floor of NAB’s Melbourne headquarters when watching Kevin Rudd’s apology to my people’s stolen generation.
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