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Government agrees to continued operation of Aboriginal hostels



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GOVERNMENT AGREES TO CONTINUED OPERATION OF ___________ ABORIGINAL HOSTELS_______ _

,,, . The Government has endorsed the continued.operation of Aboriginal HoStels Limited: following a revieiii of the Cbmpahyfs (Shatter* ;

thlt Aboriginal Hostels Limited was making an important contribution || the sudceSS bf a number of Aboriginal programs by providing not only = acqqifimoda-t tidh But also welfare assistance where possible. P . · -

The Company was also providing accommodation for student#* young workers; apprentices, and medical outpatients. Aboriginal Hostess Limited

The Minister fob Aboriginal Affairs, Ply Ian Viner, said £o0ay

contributed to Aboriginal employment, training and' self-managemSht| iri| had drawn up a revised charter which incorporated those functions; fpe.Cpmpaqy currently employed 211 Aboriginals out of its'total staff of 260, : : ?' . : : j : . κ

The Company operated 56 hostels through its own management and staff, funded 34 hostels operated by Aboriginal and other community; prganisa- tions, and owned title to 4 other properties leased to community* pyganisa-. tions to operate hostels through their own reSouroes.. Through |te .owri ^ hostels the Company was currently providing accommodation for 12R1presidents.

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The Government had noted that the Company had taken effective ■ action to reduce its administrative and hostel, costs, and was maintaining a continuing review of its costs. > ! ; Γ; f ;

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The Minister said that a new tariff formula based on tile-general principles of residents* ability to pay* the cost bf providing sergipef and the benefits accruing to Aboriginal advancement had been adopted.

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Mr Viner said the suspension of the Company*s acquisition program in 1936/77, while the review was being carried out* had enabled;itPto · consolidate and re-examine its operations. ; ! /’Λ ! ' '

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The Plinistor said that in seeking Government endorsemen| of the Company’s continued operation he had stressed its valuable contribution in providing employment and training of Aboriginals in an area where |tiph opportunities were not easily available in the general Australian community, . · ' · . ··' · . · · ! ' ? ? ; ’ ' 5

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CANBERRA. A.C.T. X JEJUNE. 197?