Jul 10, 2008

A CDEP success story

It’s business as usual in the tidy little donga with a majestic view of Kununurra’s sweeping fields of green veggies and rocky red hills that is the current office of the East Kimberley CDEP. And the work they’re doing is pretty unusual, reports Kayt Davies.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has acknowledged that the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) needs reforms, but there are a host of good stories about the program.

Everyone whose been north of the tropic of Capricorn knows that the big issue with Aboriginal Australia is the disconnect between the so-called "traditional lifestyle" and the work ethic that underpins the functioning of western democracies.

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