Tom Calma to run indigenous push

Natasha Bita; 30/4/10

Former human rights commissioner Tom Calma has won a $694,000 federal contract to supervise an indigenous anti-smoking campaign. Mr Calma – whose five-year term as Race Discrimination and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commissioner ended in January – now has a three-year contract as “national co-ordinator for tackling indigenous smoking”. “Part of my job is to help roll out the program and offer leadership and support to the agency,” he said yesterday. Mr Calma said the contract payment included his salary, travel allowances and accommodation. He said the $100 million, three-year campaign involved placing indigenous “tobacco action workers” – health workers assigned to Aboriginal medical services – in 57 regions, to help smokers quit and educate others not to take up the habit.