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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS—KIMBERLEY GIRL PROGRAM

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 878—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the success of the Kimberley Girl Program in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their families and communities;


 (b) notes that:

  (i) since Kimberley Girl commenced in 2004, the program has provided 219 young women with personal development training, including public speaking,

  (ii) one-third of these participants have experienced five of the seven socio-economic disadvantage factors, 45 per cent have experienced four or more and 65 per cent have experienced three or more disadvantage factors,

  (iii) 90 per cent of these women said that they benefitted from the skills acquired during the program and half said that their life is better now than it was before they did Kimberley Girl, and

  (iv) due to the success of Kimberley Girl, there have been a number of requests to roll the program out to other regions of Australia;

 (c) recognises the importance of long-term funding to support this and other programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, families and communities;

 (d) welcomes the Government's support of $479 000 for the Kimberley Girl Program since 2008; and

 (e) calls on the Government to commit to funding the program over the next 3 to 5 years.

Question put and passed.