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Work inquiry wants Indigenous success stories

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 19 March 2005

Australians with positive stories or experiences about Indigenous employment are being invited to make submissions to a new federal parliamentary inquiry.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee is conducting the inquiry, focusing on successes in Indigenous employment around the country.

Chairman Barry Wakelin says the committee will identify the factors contributing to these successes and use the information to develop future policy.

"It's very important that people with an interest and experience and with stories of experiences of positive outcomes for employment for Indigenous people participate and that's what we're looking for," he said.

"We've heard too much bad news about Aboriginal issues and we're very interested in looking at the positive and how we might celebrate that.

"All over Australia I know of examples where positive things have happened and we don't hear enough about it and I'd hope many of those will come forward and talk to the committee about it and we'll be out there looking for that to happen."

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