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Aboriginals attend business management seminar

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(Joint Statement by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Senator J.L.

Cavanagh and the Minister for Education Mr Kim Beazley)

Sixteen Aboriginals from mainland states and Northern Territory

will begin a five-day seminar at Canberra Technical College tomorrow

(Monday) in elementary business management.

The participants are either borrowers from the Department

of Aboriginal Affairs Capital Fund for Aboriginal Enterprises or hold

key positions in community projects. .

The Department of Education is providing financial assistance

under the Aboriginal Study Grants Scheme for those attending the course.

This will cover a daily living allowance, dependents' allowance, travel

expenses, tuition fees and incidental expenditure.

The Education Department has also been involved in the planning

of the course in association with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs

and the Canberra Technical College.

Similar training seminars have been held in the A.C.T.,

Queensland and N.S.V. in recent years with considerable success. The

present course is the second to be held in Canberra - the first, lasting

two weeks, was in 1971.

Other courses planned for this year will be shorter, probably

lasting one or two days, and will be held in areas close to Capital

Fund borrowers of which there are about 500 throughout Australia.

Through the seminars, it is hoped that about 200 people will

be given management training this year.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator J.L. Cavanagh, will

host a reception at the Hotel Canberra on Wednesday evening. Guests

will include senior officers of the Departments of Aboriginal Affairs

and Education and tutors from the Canberra Technical College.


5 MARCH 1974