Governments cannot ignore the extraordinary employment challenges facing First Nations people living in remote areas.
A key plan for the Albanian government’s Indigenous Peoples Policy Platform is to end the remote mutual obligation initiative known as the Community Development Program (CDP). Now that the Jobs and Skills Summit has started, I am very disappointed that the CDP is still in place and is still punitive. The plight of remote Indigenous Australians continues to fall off the policy agenda.
CDP was the Abbott government’s response to Forrest’s 2014 Indigenous Employment and Training survey. CDP operates in her 1,000+ communities in an area covering 75% of Australia and is charged to 40,000 people, almost all of them Indigenous.
Initially, all able-bodied people between the ages of 18 and 49 were required to work 25 hours a week, 5 hours a day, at Dole for pay of about $10 an hour.
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