Tuesday, May 30

Why does this upset me?

Reconciliation Week began on 26 May and I’m pleased to say that DAIS got a jump on this with two events taking place even before the week started. At this month’s managers’ briefing on 25 May the conference room on level 13 in Wakefield House was officially named the David Unaipon Room.
I was joined by Judy Kropinyeri, a descendant of Mr Unaipon, to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion. Later that day, Minister Wright launched the DAIS Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2006-2009 which focuses on attracting and retaining Aboriginal employees. I’m very proud of the work done by our Corporate Human Resources team whose drive, commitment and willingness to embrace new ways of doing things resulted in the development of this strategy. A working group from our Reconciliation Committee has put together an exciting program of events to celebrate Reconciliation Week in DAIS. These include a didgeridoo and art class being held today at State Records in Leigh Street, a cultural tour of the Botanical Gardens, a screening of Why Me? and art exhibitions at various DAIS sites including Wakefield House where employees can sample bush food. I encourage you to get involved throughout this week to show your support for reconciliation.


State taxes or department budgets are being spent on this.
Executives that are too busy to get core business out of the way will be spending time on this.
It could be reconciliation, arts, women’s development, or paving dirt roads – its not what the department is responsible for.
And for every piece of affirmative action is an equal and opposite effect somewhere down the line (The Grinder’s personal theorem on social engineering).