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MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

The Hon. Ian Viner, MP

6 4/79 . ·

EMBARGO - MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 1 JULY 1979

MINISTER THANKS DUBBO ·

The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Mr Ian Viner, today thanked the people of Dubbo for their tremendous response to the campaign for Aboriginal employment in the district,

Mr Viner said the people of Dubbo had set a lead for the rest of Australia and could be well pleased with their response to the campaign. "However, the real test of the campaign's effectiveness will be demonstrated by the results achieved

in the longer term and I appeal to all employers to follow the lead that has been set and open up more employment and training opportunitites for Aboriginals."

Mr Viner said there had been a very positive response from employers in the district. During the 8 weeks of the campaign the Dubbo office of the CES had referred 145 Aboriginals to employers, and of these 79 were placed in a variety of jobs, including positions as checkout operator, welder, machinist, pastry cook assistant, carpet layer and sales assistants.

These figures were a very significant increase compared to the 22 Aboriginals placed in jobs in the Dubbo area at a similar period last year. Mr Viner said the campaign's aim had been to ensure Aboriginals were given the chance to obtain equality

of -opportunity in employment. The theme used was "The right to a job. It's as important as the right to live."

Mr Viner noted that because -of the wide press and television editorial coverage given to the campaign outside Dubbo, a large number of Australians had been made aware of the Aboriginal employment situation. He was pleased that the NAEDC was now giving thought to planning similar campaigns

in other areas where there is a significant number of unemployed Aboriginal people.

Mr Viner said: "The Government is now seeing a number of the strands of the National Employment Strategy for Aboriginals working successfully and is looking to ensure an overall long­ term improvement in the employment situation for Aboriginal people around Australia."

DUBBO

1 July 1979