indigenous affairs

indigenous affairs August 13, 2022

Labor’s reforms return the cashless card to its racist roots

As Labor abolishes the cashless debit card, it has retained the racialised BasicsCard that overwhelmingly targets First Nations people.

indigenous affairs August 6, 2022

Victoria’s Indigenous legal service forced to turn away clients

In a move that highlights a critical shortage of funding, Victoria’s only legal service for First Nations communities has been forced to implement a freeze on new clients.

indigenous affairs July 30, 2022

‘A hand outstretched’: Albanese proposes way forward on Voice

A draft of Anthony Albanese’s Garma speech reveals he hopes to legislate the Voice by adding three lines to the constitution but will not require that the parliament consult it.

indigenous affairs June 25, 2022

Inside the Northern Territory’s intervention

Fifteen years after their report was cited as the basis for the Northern Territory intervention, the authors of ‘Little Children Are Sacred’ say successive governments have used them to justify an authoritarian regime.

indigenous affairs May 14, 2022

The death of Ricky Lee Cound

The suicide of Ricky Lee Cound in a prison south-east of Perth has sparked a fresh campaign for the recognition of sovereign rights and government accountability for Indigenous deaths in custody.

indigenous affairs April 23, 2022

Children isolated and ‘fed through a hatch’ at Don Dale

Despite a 2016 royal commission, conditions in youth detention in the Northern Territory remain cruelly punitive, exacerbated by even harsher restrictions due to Covid-19. 

indigenous affairs March 19, 2022

The reporting of the Zachary Rolfe trial

Following the acquittal of Zachary Rolfe in the shooting death of Kumanjayi Walker, a careful media offensive has begun in the police officer’s defence.

indigenous affairs February 26, 2022

NSW fails to parole low-risk prisoners despite Covid-19 provision

As the prison system faced the extraordinary risks associated with Covid-19, one state gave its commissioner the power to release low-risk prisoners. He hasn’t used it once.

indigenous affairs January 29, 2022

Inside Roebourne, Australia’s hottest prison

In a boiling prison in WA, there is airconditioning in the guards’ toilets but not in the cells. After a 50.5 degree day this month, former prisoners warn someone will die from the heat.

indigenous affairs January 8, 2022

Who burnt the doors of Old Parliament House?

One man has been charged over the burning of Old Parliament House’s doors – but it is still not clear whether the protest was for Indigenous sovereignty or directed by right-wing groups.

covid-19 December 4, 2021

Territory Covid-19 outbreaks highlight housing failures

Recent Covid-19 outbreaks have prompted Territorians to get vaccinated, but the cases tearing through Indigenous communities highlight broader inequalities – and the damage done by deliberate misinformation.