ONLY a minority of people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous communities trust each other, according to a barometer of opinion published by Reconciliation Australia.
“I am concerned that about half of both communities think the relationship is neither good nor improving,” Habitat Personnel managing director Gerry Moore said.
Habitat Personnel is the leading indigenous employment agency
for the Shoalhaven, South Coast and ACT.
“I am somewhat alarmed that only a minority of both communities – about one in seven or eight – trust each other and that nearly three out of four think we are prejudiced against each other,” Mr Moore said.
“We know from our day-to-day work that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need understanding and help to close the gap in health, economic and social divides. Many already take responsibility for their own economic self-sufficiency and many more are ready to do so now.
Habitat Personnel is planning a business breakfast in Nowra in late March and hopes to place 30 Aboriginal people in jobs in 30 days over the March-April period.