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Thursday, 21 June 2001
Page: 28384

Mr QUICK (10:45 AM) —Can I ask the minister to look at the Anaconda Nickel program? Currently the House ATSIA committee are looking into the needs of urban Aboriginals and we have visited Anaconda, seen the excellent work that they are doing out there, and seen the hassles they are having with the program, which is very successful, employing over 100 indigenous people who then go into the company and earn in excess of $50,000 a year. The square does not fit the program and there are hassles between a number of Commonwealth government departments, the state government of Western Australia and the education department. We had a committee hearing yesterday with DETYA and we asked them to look outside the square. So I ask you to have a look at Anaconda Nickel and perhaps, if you get a chance, to wander over there. It is an excellent program but we need to think outside the square. Considering the number of indigenous communities living in areas close to mining companies throughout Australia, the Anaconda Nickel program is a model that can be used effectively in the transition through CDEP into other programs.