Prime Minister visits Blacktown

Bricklaying trainee Luke Brady chatted with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Marist Youth Care Blacktown this morning. They're pictured with Marist Youth Care chief executive Cate Sydes. Photo: Geoff Jones .

Bricklaying trainee Luke Brady chatted with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Marist Youth Care Blacktown this morning. They're pictured with Marist Youth Care chief executive Cate Sydes. Photo: Geoff Jones .

Indigenous jobseekers got the chance to share their future plans with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Blacktown this morning.

He was in town to launch the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review, compiled by mining magnate Andrew Forrest in an effort to end indigenous disparity.

Marist Youth Care's Blacktown headquarters is one of the first two Vocational Training and Employment Centres in Australia.

The federal government has provided funding to Marist Youth Care to deliver an indigenous employment program in western Sydney based on the Generation One model to bridge the gap.

It aims to provide sustainable employment outcomes for 250 indigenous locals between January 2014 and June 2015.

''Today is a watershed day for the indigenous community,'' Mr Abbott said.

''Andrew recommendations run ahead of today's public opinion and just beyond what the government currently plans to do. It's the debate we have to have to build a bigger, better and braver Australia.''

Mr Forrest said his recommendations were the ideas of the indigenous.

''This is their review and their day,'' he said.

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