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Monday, November 21, 2005

Forestry industry using Aborigines to 'soften image'.

Forestry industry using Aborigines to 'soften image'. 21/11/2005. ABC News Online

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre wants the forestry industry to stop using Aboriginal issues in order to gain publicity.

The group is reacting to today's meeting between the Forest Industries Association and forestry companies which aims to increase the number of Indigenous people working in the area.

The centre's Trudy Maluga says the industry is not really concerned about Aboriginal people.

"I'm saying if they're going to supply jobs, why promote it?" she said.

"They're just using Aborigines to soften their own image and if they really wanted to help us they should come and talk to us, not promote it out there."

A spokeswoman for the Forest Industries Association says today's meeting follows a Federal Government initiative to get more Indigenous people in the workforce and she is disappointed by the reaction.

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