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The new generation

REDFERN’s Binowee Bayles is representative of a new generation of local Aborigines: smart, articulate and possessed with a proud sense of Aboriginal identity writes Robert Burton-Bradley in Central of 28 January 2009.

Aged 23, she has lived a life most can barely imagine, which includes raising a son, who is now seven years old.

“My mother was a member of the Stolen Generation and then she died when I was pregnant,” Ms Bayles said.

“I was trapped in a domestic violence situation and I was really young, but I’m not going to let that affect me, I’m going to stand up and make sure it never happens again, to me or anyone else.”

Ms Bayles spent almost two years working as a mobile banker before taking a job late last year with the Redfern Aboriginal Corporation, which works to place local indigenous people in jobs.

“I think it’s more important for people like me to get up there and lead,” she said about her decision to leave the corporate sector and work with Redfern’s Aboriginal community.

“It’s about moving on and gaining a sense of worth and ending welfare dependency,” she said. “We are just as deserving of well-paid and highly skilled jobs. It’s about time both Aboriginal people and everyone else realised that.”