Jawun does not believe in the passive welfare economy. We believe in programs that promote self-reliance, entrepreneurial activity and business planning among Indigenous people. We are about real, practical change – not just talking about it. To achieve this, we forge partnerships between corporate, government, philanthropic and Indigenous Australia.
We’ve got to distinguish between poverty and passivity, we’ve got to understand that opportunity alone is not enough, that you’ve got to crunch the question of re-energising people, re-engaging them, and getting them to take responsibility.
Noel Pearson, Founder and Director of Strategy, Cape York Partnership; Chairman, Good to Great Schools Australia; Jawun Patron.
What we are trying to do is changing the status quo of our people in terms of engaging with the mainstream economy, getting our people educated and basically becoming part of Australia rather than languishing on welfare.
Ian Trust, Executive Chair, Wunan.
We (Aboriginal people) have to be as forthright and unequivocal about our responsibilities as we are about our rights – otherwise our society will fall apart while we are still fighting for our rights. We do not have a right to passive welfare – indeed, we can no longer accept it. We have a right to real economy, we have a right to build a real economy.
Noel Pearson (2000), Founder and Director of Strategy, Cape York Partnership; Chairman, Good to Great Schools Australia; Jawun Patron.