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Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, politics, racism, western australia by freoview on October 26, 2010

After the television speech by 13 year old Aboriginal girl Madeleine Madden, I decided to join the Generation One movement. You should too!

Here more info from them:

Dear Roel Loopers,

Thanks for joining GenerationOne, the movement where ALL Australians come together to end Indigenous disparity take practical action to finally eradicate the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

You have joined almost 50,000 other Australians who believe we will never end the disparity until we have sustainable Indigenous jobs and career opportunities; education that prepares students for life; training that is specific for a job that is guaranteed; and mentoring programs that gets results.

This is your movement – an opportunity for all Australians, whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, of whatever background or party, to join together and finally end this unacceptable Australian problem. And do it in one generation.

Over the coming months, we’re going to ask you to roll up your sleeves and take part; at campaign events, through supporting organisations in your community or just getting your friends to lend their hands. But your first task is to help grow this grassroots movement. We are not asking for your money, but our success depends on your support.

Will you ask ten of your friends to join us today?

The journey so far has been amazing. Since March 2010 my team at GenerationOne and I have travelled across the entire country, and met thousands of inspiring Australians – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – who are working to end the disparity. GenerationOne has engaged with not-for profit organisations, community leaders, schools, Universities, businesses, employer groups, training providers, job service providers, governments and of course, individuals like you who want to be part of the generation for change.

Already some of these great stories are out there, but with your help we can now inspire even more people, and break down negative stereotypes. Share some of our stories with your friends, or share your personal story with GenerationOne. If you are part of an organisation, register your details here so we can demonstrate your success to others.

This is a new campaign, so there’s a lot to do. We want your ideas on how we can make real and sustainable change for Indigenous Australians. Will you contribute an idea today?

The time is right, and we cannot wait any longer. The facts speak for themselves:

Just 33% of Indigenous young people age 18-24 are “earning or learning” compared with 71% of non-Indigenous young people.
EIGHT of ten jobless Indigenous people are unable to work, because of illiteracy, alcohol, or other psychological problems.
Furthermore, in some rural areas, up to 70% of Indigenous children regularly do not attend school.
This is not an easy goal and it will take time to get there – but it won’t happen unless we start work today and every Australian plays their part. By signing up, you have joined a movement that focuses on real and sustainable change. So thank you.

Tania Major and the entire Generation One team

P.S. If you’re on Facebook, please become a supporter of us there. We’ll keep you updated:

The Generation One Team

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  1. noongaryorga said, on December 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The biggest problem with gen one is its Twiggy’s road map to becoming a politician. As an Aboriginal woman my experiences with Gen One has been nothing less than dissapointing. Like Tarren I suspect I am just a little too pale and I no longer bother with these organisations. I find work where I can get it, nothing that has long term prospects, so every few months I find myself out of work again, despite seeking out organisations like gen one to see if they have any employers interested. Lip service, thats all it is. Dont trust ’em, its just a magic trick to get people feeling all warm and fuzzy without any real outcomes for Aboriginal people.

  2. freoview said, on October 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    One of the problems I see is that white politicians are searching for white solutions to address Aboriginal problems. We are still far too patronising.

    No wonder Australia still lacks an identity, when we have refused to embrace Aboriginal culture for so long.

    And it does not help that Aboriginal groups are constantly fighting each other, instead of showing a united front!


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