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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 50


Senator RIDGEWAY (3:51 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   congratulates the 2005 Community Development Employment Projects/Indigenous Employment Centres (CDEP/IEC) Award winners:

   Employment and Training Award: Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Port Augusta

   Community and Cultural Benefit Award: Broome Aboriginal Media Association

   Business Development Award: Wunan Foundation, Kununurra

   IEC Outstanding Achievement Award: Western Queensland Regional CDEP, Mount Isa

   CDEP Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (Female): Linda Williams, Angurugu CDEP, Groote Eylandt

   CDEP Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (Male): Jay Daley, Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation, Canberra

   IEC Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (Female): Libby Morgan, Cairns Regional CDEP

   IEC Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (Male): James Davies, Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Port Augusta;

(b)   recognises that unemployment is an inter-generational problem in most Indigenous communities and that CDEP projects play a key role in restoring pride in Indigenous communities and individuals as they see the tangible results and benefits of their work;

(c)   notes that the Government is currently restructuring CDEP and expresses its concern that the important community development functions of CDEP will be discarded when the program is subsumed into the Job Network; and

(d)   calls on the Government to guarantee that in its restructure of CDEP:

(i)   community and cultural development CDEP activities will not be downgraded,

(ii)   both CDEP positions and funding are increased,

(iii)   communities will still be able to set their own goals for their CDEP, and

(iv)   the role of CDEP in any future shared responsibility agreements is clarified.

Question agreed to.