Warren Mundine to lead GenerationOne Indigenous Employment Push
3 May 2012 at 11:31 am
Warren Mundine will lead the GenerationOne campaign commencing in June.
Prominent Indigenous leader Warren Mundine has been recruited to lead the GenerationOne campaign founded by mining magnate Andrew Forrest which aims to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.
Mundine who will replace outgoing CEO Tim Gartrell in June.
"Warren is an outstanding Indigenous leader who believes strongly in the power of employment as the best way to rid Indigenous communities of welfare dependency and end the disparity,” Andrew Forrest said.
Mundine, a former ALP national president, expressed his interest earlier this year in taking up the Senate seat left by Mark Arbib who reigned from politics. Former NSW Premier Bob Carr took the position which subsequently lead to his appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister.
“Warren's first task is to hold the Federal Government to its 2008 promise to provide the training necessary to deliver jobs committed under the 50,000 jobs campaign," Forrest said.
"More than 330 employers have now made commitments of over 61,000 jobs. 10,000 of those have been filled but we need the Government to deliver on its 2008 promise under the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC) to provide the training, especially to the long term unemployed."
"The Skills and Training for a Career: Vocational Training and Employment Centre Policy (VTEC) launched by GenerationOne in January, was developed after a year of research and case studies. It provides the best model for meeting the varying needs of long term unemployed people as they move off welfare and into work. “
Warren Mundine said he is looking forward to the challenge of working with business, Government and Indigenous communities across Australia to deliver real jobs.
"I'm excited and honoured to be taking up this new role and look forward to cranking up the campaign and getting the VTEC policy implemented," Mundine said.
"There is only one way to tackle welfare dependency in Indigenous communities and that's to give people the best alternative – a career. The Government must deliver on their commitments. If they do the disparity between our people will be made redundant".
Mundine has a long history in Indigenous employment, through his involvement in the setting up of the AEC, as Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and working with some of Australia’s largest corporations.
Forrest thanked outgoing CEO, Tim Gartrell for taking the GenerationOne campaign from its launch to 250,000 supporters and driving the development of the VTEC policy. Gartrell will shortly commence a new role as Campaign Director for Reconciliation Australia.
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