9 September 2011

The Hon. JAN BARHAM: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. The new State Plan includes a target to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people within a generation. How many extra jobs would need to be created for Aboriginal people in New South Wales to reach the Government’s target? How many of the 100,000 new jobs that the New South Wales Government is aiming to create will be targeted for Aboriginal people?

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: That is a good question. I assure the honourable member that I will get an answer from the Minister and report back to her as soon as I can.



15th September 2011

The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER: On 24 August 2011 the Hon. Jan Barham asked me, representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, a question without notice regarding Aboriginal programs and services. The Minister for Aboriginal affairs has provided the following response:

    The recently announced Ministerial Taskforce of Aboriginal Affairs will be the New South Wales Government’s peak body and structure to consult with Aboriginal people. The Taskforce will determine a new direction for Aboriginal affairs consultation and service delivery in New South Wales.

    Aboriginal Affairs New South Wales is the key agency that provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on all matters affecting Aboriginal people.

    Every department is required to have processes in place and a commitment to consult with peak Aboriginal bodies and organisations.