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Minister travels to regional South Australia.



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MINISTER TRAVELS TO REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Philip Ruddock, will travel to Ceduna and Whyalla in South Australia this week to discuss Indigenous issues and to see a number of successful employment projects.

Mr Ruddock will meet with ATSIC regional chairpersons, as well as the Ceduna and Whyalla councils.

He will also visit the community of Yalata and a number of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP).

Mr Ruddock is travelling to Ceduna and Whyalla at the invitation of the Member for Grey, Barry Wakelin.

"I have been travelling around the country to meet with the people on the ground and to explain the Government's practical approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage," Mr Ruddock said.

"My visit to Ceduna and Whyalla will continue this approach and I will be listening to the views of the communities about what is working for them and what is not.

"I will be telling people that the Federal Government is committed to practical reconciliation and working in partnership with Indigenous Australians.

"To do this, we are taking a whole-of-government approach in order to address the key areas of housing, employment, health and education."

22 July 2001

Editors' note: Mr Ruddock will visit Ceduna on Monday 23 July, and Yalata and Whyalla on Tuesday 24 July.