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Young Australian's of the Year sought out for new project to end Indigenous disadvantage

19 March 2010

Businessman Andrew Forrest has joined forces with 2007 Young Australian of the Year, Tania Major, and 2010 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Jack Manning Bancroft, in building a philanthropic project called GenerationOne, which will be launched tonight in Sydney.

GenerationOne aims to address the disparity in living conditions and life expectations of Aboriginal Australians, compared to non-Aboriginal Australians.

Tania Major said the event will mark the start of a landmark national campaign which would let Australians work towards a future where Indigenous disparity was eliminated in this generation.

“As I get around this country I find Australians really are unified around a desire to ensure that this is the last generation to suffer Indigenous disparity,” Ms Major said.

GenerationOne will be the place where they can release their passion through action in education and economic participation so Indigenous children can have a better future.”

Over 400 of Australia’s biggest political, business and entertainment identities will attend the launch in Circular Quay.

Prominent Australians including actors Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe and business leader James Packer will also pledge themselves to the campaign by putting their hand print on a screen at the Overseas Passenger Terminal which will then be projected live onto the Sydney Opera House.

2010 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Jack Manning Bancroft, said the GenerationOne campaign was desperately needed as Indigenous people continued to be severely disadvantaged on virtually every measure despite decades of government attempts to fix the problem.

GenerationOne is different from previous attempts to fix this problem because it isn't just calling on governments to act, its calling on business, government and all Australians to act,” Mr Manning Bancroft said.

“I think the GenerationOne campaign has huge potential for this nation because to make a real difference, we need to all do this together.”

For more information on the project, see http://www.generationone.org.au/.