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Board of the Aboriginal Development Commission doing a hatchet job in removing the general manager



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FOR THE MEDIA Chris MILESCOMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRA C. I. S. f Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

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"The Board of the Aboriginal Development Commission was

doing a hatchet job in removing the General Manager" Chris

Miles, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said today.

"They were finishing the job for the Minister who dismissed

the previous ADC Board because they disagreed with his

proposal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Commission (A T SIC)."

"Mr O'Brien's crime apparently was his support for the ADC

Chairman in her defence of the ADC against the downgrading

of economic development within the proposed reorganisation

of Aboriginal affairs."

"Under the leadership of Mrs McPherson and Mr O'Brien, the

ADC had developed an effective management team with a keen

interest in enhancing self-sufficiency amongst Aboriginal

communities."

"These purgings of the senior leadership of the Commission

will serve to feed the concerns that the ADC is being taken

over -etpĀ· by welfare-oriented administrators and, as a result,

more Aboriginal people will remain trapped on the welfare

treadmill than if the ADC had been allowed to continue its

operations."

"Poor administration, lack of direction and low staff morale

are endemic in Aboriginal affairs portfolio bodies due

largely to the massive policy failure of the Hawke

Government over the past five and half years."

"Yet, nine months before the ATSIC is due to be fully

operational a key administrative structure is being

hamstrung. This is a prescription for continued

administrative inertia and a dangerously shaky foundation

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for any reorganisation."

"Reports indicate that the Western Australian State Director

of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs is to be the Acting

General Manager of the ADC." Mr Miles said that "the clear

implication is that the Minister was involved in the removal

of the General Manager for it is hard to conceive that a

senior person would have been available for a transfer such

as this without the Minister's consent."

"It is ironic that at a time when ADC staffing is being

reduced and is under strict limits the ADC can find a

well-paid position for shuffling unwanted Executives."

CONTACT: Stephen Wade (004) 774115 or 774118

Tuesday, October 11th, 1988 AA/88/50