Our mission at Generation One is to create parity with and for Indigenous Australians.
One of the ways we have been advocating for this is through our support for the CDC.
Soon the Australian Government will vote in the Senate on whether to approve an extension to the existing trials around Australia, and whether to transition people in the Northern Territory and Cape York from the Basics Card, to the CDC.
As the vote gets closer, there’s been a lot of commentary and debate on the topic. It’s great that people are engaging in the discussion, but sadly we’re also seeing a lot of misinformation and unfounded rumours.
I want to address three points of misinformation, because what’s important is not whether or not you support the CDC, but whether your opinions are based on accurate information.
Firstly, Minderoo and our role
So, how does the CDC work?
We know the CDC is something people feel strongly about. People have differing views and experiences – and that’s OK, and it’s important to have this debate and feedback, because it helps make the CDC better.
What is not OK is some of the personal attacks that have been made, in private and in public, towards community members, including CDC participants who support the card, and towards Minderoo staff. Our people are absolutely committed to the mission of Generation One, to create parity, and communities must be allowed a safe space to speak about whether the CDC is working for them or not.
The important thing is not whether you support the CDC. The important thing is to allow healthy and respectful debate, based on accurate information, to help us all in driving forward the best solutions, and creating the social change we all want so badly for our communities.
Shelley Cable is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, Western Australia, and the leader of Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One initiative. Shelley has dedicated her career to promoting Indigenous leadership and ending economic disparity for her “mob”, striving for the empowerment of Indigenous Australians through financial literacy, and highlighting that self-determination begins with secure employment.