indigenous affairs

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.

indigenous affairs September 14, 2019

Inquest into Tanya Day’s death in custody

Last weekend, Yorta Yorta grandmother Tanya Day would have turned 57. As the inquest into her death in police custody continues, her family is pushing for justice and holding the Andrews government to its promises for change.

resources September 7, 2019

Part two: Second Adani blockade established

With the Queensland government extinguishing native title rights over Wangan and Jagalingou land, the traditional owners have moved onto their ancestral Country to declare their sovereignty.

indigenous affairs July 20, 2019

Coalition divided on First Nations voice

While Ken Wyatt tries to find a model for recognition that will appease his party, a grassroots movement is hoping to win public support for a voice to parliament.

indigenous affairs November 17, 2018

Adoption law changes in NSW

The NSW government’s plan to make it easier to adopt children in out-of-home care has been criticised for not allowing sufficient time for parents to restore their families and for potentially creating a new Stolen Generation.

indigenous affairs November 17, 2018

The flawed strategy for a republic

With the debate raging afresh over Australia becoming a republic, the main players seem stuck in 1999 and First Nations people remain largely ignored.

indigenous affairs October 20, 2018

Indigeneity and DNA ancestry tests

The potentially dubious science of commercial DNA ancestry tests has serious implications for identifying Indigenous Australian heritage.

indigenous affairs October 6, 2018

Lobbyists dominate mental health sector

As the suicide rate rises, health experts say millions in government funding is going to unproven programs and the sector is captured by lobbyists.

indigenous affairs September 29, 2018

Inquest on Wayne Fella Morrison

As an inquest into the death in custody of Wayne Fella Morrison continues, his family hopes for justice while the South Australian government cuts funding to key Aboriginal legal services.

indigenous affairs September 8, 2018

Syphilis in northern communities

As an infectious syphilis epidemic continues to ravage northern Australia – now threatening the lives of newborn babies – Indigenous sexual health specialist James Ward is leading a campaign to help remote communities.