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Parties uncover plans to boost indigenous jobs in Australia

Parties uncover plans to boost indigenous jobs in Australia

May 30,2016

PLANS to ramp up job and business opportunities for indigenous Australians have been unveiled by the Coalition and Labor on the federal election campaign trail.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a $115 million plan yesterday to build the indigenous business sector, and Labor promised to double the number of indigenous rangers.

The combined package includes a $90 million fund for indigenous entrepreneurs, for infrastructure and funding to help them in accessing programs and with finance.

The Coalition plan effects the government to crave the companies to buy more goods and services from indigenous businesses.

It would also ensure 3% of all government contracts with indigenous businesses by 2020. The 3% is a match for the native formation of the population.

"Indigenous economic development is at the heart of our national agenda and plays a critical role in achieving improvements in social outcomes for indigenous Australians," Mr. Turnbull said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced $200 million to expand the Country program, which employs 775 indigenous people nationally.

"What we're doing is not only about the environmental management, we're improving the chances in the future for the custodians of the land," Mr. Shorten said.

Associate Professor Jon Willis, from University of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, said securing more employment for indigenous people was vital.

"Both policy announcements need some attention and it would be great if both of them (the Coalition and Labor) adopted each other's policies as well as their own," he said.

Prof Willis said its necessary to be done to address indigenous youth unemployment through training and higher education opportunities


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