indigenous affairs

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.

indigenous affairs April 25, 2020

Aboriginal community health’s success with Covid-19

Despite being chronically underfunded, the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector has reacted swiftly and effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak, underscoring the importance of their services.

indigenous affairs December 14, 2019

Exclusive: Detainees denied cold water, cooling before NT prison riot

Documents released under freedom of information reveal the brutal conditions as a riot unfolded at Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

indigenous affairs November 30, 2019

Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars

As Andrew Bolt attempts to start a culture war over Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, a search of primary documents affirms the book’s accuracy.

indigenous affairs November 16, 2019

Co-designing the Voice to Parliament

Despite an early promise by the Morrison government to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, they remain no closer to being recognised in the constitution.

indigenous affairs October 26, 2019

Shortage of Auslan interpreters in NT

The Northern Territory will soon be without a single full-time Auslan interpreter, stranding the deaf community – and particularly its Indigenous members – without the support they need to navigate the health and legal systems.

indigenous affairs October 19, 2019

Children in the criminal justice system

As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.

indigenous affairs September 14, 2019

Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan

With an expansion of the welfare crackdown signalled this week in parliament, experts warn the government’s measures will lead to collateral damage.