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Twiggy Forrest and Aboriginal employment

If he wins government, Tony Abbott will appoint Andrew ”Twiggy” Forrest to head up a review of indigenous employment programs.

The Liberals will give $45 million to the GenerationOne scheme the WA mining magnate helped found. Abbott has promised to create up to 5000 jobs for unemployed Aborigines. The idea is to get business to commit to employing indigenous Australians.

It is of course a furphy. The interest of mining companies like Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is profit, profit and more profit.

For mining companies this means an ongoing process of dispossession of indigenous Australians either openly or in disguised form. Open dispossession involves stealing their land, something much of the last 225 years in Australia has been about.

The disguised form of dispossession is to pretend to care and give Aboriginal people a few crumbs from the table. This bounty of the rich comes from stolen indigenous land.

Thus Forrest, with Rudd in tow, set up the Aboriginal Employment Covenant in 2008 and later through GenerationOne to implement it to give 50,000 Aboriginal people jobs. With Warren Mundine as CEO and seeking advice from people like Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, the scheme has in fact found employment for only 12500 indigenous Australians.

Forrest rails against so-called cash handouts. Thus he is in dispute with ‘a group of Yindjibarndi traditional owners in the Pilbara over native title and land-use agreements for FMG’s pivotal $3.6 billion Solomon mine development.’

He wants to direct the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation as to how they should spend any compensation received for allowing development on their land. Their land.

Let’s take a left field view of FMG to understand where its real interests lie and judge its real commitment or lack of it to Australian society.

FMG hasn’t paid income tax in Australia for 18 years and given accumulated losses will celebrate a twenty year anniversary of not making a revenue contribution to Commonwealth coffers in a few years time.

Andrew Forrest is just so right for being given $45 million of workers’ money to do nothing about Aboriginal employment.

Land rights and sovereignty and negotiating a treaty with indigenous Australians  – in other words empowerment – would help address the issue of unemployment, rather than putting the head of a non-tax paying entity in charge of a do nothing scheme.



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Time August 20, 2013 at 10:45 am

[…] Thus Forrest, with Rudd in tow, set up the Aboriginal Employment Covenant in 2008 and later through GenerationOne to implement it to give 50,000 Aboriginal people jobs. With Warren Mundine as CEO and seeking advice …  […]

Comment from Kay
Time August 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

Without getting into the whys and wherefores of this article, I suggest to you that Twiggy Forrest has had far, far, far more experience with Aboriginal communities that you ever will. He originally worked with Aboriginal stockmen as a jackaroo on a cattle station, and his early mentor was an Aboriginal man. He has worked extensively on indigenous disadvantage, and now employs large numbers of Aboriginal workers. He, like many Aboriginal leaders, is opposed to welfare dependency, preferring to contribute to efforts to improve training and employment opportunities. He has given generously to related organisations.

So maybe when you socialists can show you have done even a little to assist indigenous advancement, you might be in a position to criticise.

Comment from John
Time August 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

I am not the fourth richest person in Australia. When we have 4 million people supporting us against his $4 billion then you will see what we can do. And I will listen to the Aboriginal people who are fighting against Twiggy, not a man whose wealth has been built on the theft of Aboriginal land.

Comment from Kay
Time August 23, 2013 at 5:34 am

You will never have 4 million people supporting you. So that statement is a real cop-out!

Have you ever been up in the Top End and actually talked to Aboriginal people – including those employed by Twiggy Forrest? No, of course not!

It is true that there is a divergence of opinion between those like Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine who see education/training and employment as the way forward, and those who just want to continue with welfare handouts. I think if you actually visited these areas, you would see the entirely different outcomes of these two approaches. Welfare leads to drunkenness and despair.

So you resent every rich person – big deal. BTW has Andrew Forrest broken any tax laws? Or is developing mines just are very expensive undertaking? And it is mining that keeps us all living a comfortable life in Australia.

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