indigenous affairs

indigenous affairs April 21, 2018

The rise of homelessness and hunger

While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.

resources April 21, 2018

Native title and mining leases

A series of legal battles to prevent mining exploration on Olkola land in Cape York has highlighted the limitations of native title and Aboriginal land rights without the right of veto.

indigenous affairs November 18, 2017

‘Predictive’ policing in NSW

A NSW ‘predictive’ policing initiative appears to be as much about presuming guilt among young Indigenous people as it is about preventing crime.

rural March 31, 2018

Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage

The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.

indigenous affairs October 7, 2017

Mick Dodson on fixing the constitution

The director of the ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Professor Mick Dodson, talks about why recognition should be secondary to ridding the constitution of racist powers.

indigenous affairs September 30, 2017

The death in custody of Tane Chatfield

The death of an Aboriginal man in a NSW correctional centre has brought to light broader failings in the system of preventing – and recording – Indigenous fatalities in custody.

indigenous affairs September 2, 2017

History wars and monument politics

The defacement of a statue of Captain Cook has sparked a fresh debate about the value and meaning of colonial monuments.

indigenous affairs August 19, 2017

Clinton Pryor’s Walk for Justice

Clinton Pryor has walked across Australia to raise awareness of injustice for Indigenous peoples and now approaches Canberra for a planned meeting with the governor-general.

indigenous affairs August 12, 2017

Australia’s human rights disgraces

After leaving her post as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs is as forthright as ever in describing the country’s slide backwards in its social policies and treatment of the vulnerable.

indigenous affairs July 29, 2017

The Uluru statement and Indigenous recognition

The Uluru statement’s call for a voice to advise parliament surprised some for its pragmatism, sidestepping earlier recognition debates. As a result it will test the major parties’ avowed commitment to give greater power to Indigenous Australians.

indigenous affairs July 1, 2017

The dispute over climbing Wollumbin-Mount Warning

To the Bundjalung people, Wollumbin-Mount Warning is a sacred site. It is also a major Tweed Valley tourist attraction and the centre of a debate over who should be allowed to visit its summit.