indigenous affairs

resources June 12, 2021

Conciliation on Murray–Darling

Water policy in the Murray–Darling basin has failed farmers and the environment. Will a new conciliatory conference and a promised reset force necessary change before it’s too late?

indigenous affairs May 22, 2021

Centres for working women at risk

Despite this month’s federal budget pledging $3.2 billion to women, a critical front-line service has lost much of its funding and will likely close before the end of the year.

indigenous affairs May 22, 2021

Morrison’s ‘unconstitutional’ crackdown on charities

Sweeping new laws that could strip charities of their non-profit status for minor offences are intended to stifle protest, the sector warns.

indigenous affairs May 7, 2021

Inquest into death of Wayne Fella Morrison

Five years after his death in custody, the inquest into how Wayne Fella Morrison died has been slowed by legal argument and a campaign to protect prison officers.

indigenous affairs March 13, 2021

Tasmania apologises for historic museum practices

Apologies from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Society over previous museum practices are of national importance, but the debate over the use of Indigenous cultural objects is ongoing.

afl February 6, 2021

Collingwood and racism in the AFL

After a long history of AFL players of colour being abused and left unsupported by the league, it was not surprising when a report into Collingwood FC this week found systemic racism. Can Eddie McGuire start the process of doing better?

resources December 19, 2020

Fracking on Country in the NT

As a senate inquiry launches a scathing critique of the legislative failures that led to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves, traditional owners in the Northern Territory are fighting a fracking project that threatens water sources and sacred sites.

resources November 21, 2020

The failures behind the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves

As a senate inquiry investigates Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves, Senator Pat Dodson says a royal commission into the entire Native Title Act may be necessary as the law ‘has been basically brought into disrepute by the capacity of those who are rich and powerful’.

indigenous affairs October 17, 2020

Auditor-general takes PM&C to task

As well as criticising the performance of the prime minister’s department, the auditor-general’s midterm review has a warning about unethical behaviour in the public sector.

indigenous affairs June 20, 2020

Failure of justice for Indigenous people

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, footage of police punching Aboriginal man Noel Henry in the head during an arrest has prompted outrage, while experts express concern about transparency in Australia’s private prisons following another death in custody in Western Australia.

indigenous affairs June 6, 2020

‘There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators…’

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing in the US, Australia can no longer ignore our brutal legacy of police violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.