indigenous affairs

resources February 16, 2019

Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani

While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.

indigenous affairs January 26, 2019

Outstanding fines and Indigenous imprisonment

Indigenous women are being jailed over small fines at alarming rates. In Western Australia, one charity has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in just weeks to secure their release.

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 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 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.

afl June 30, 2018

Indigenous players and the AFL

Five years ago guidelines were established to help Indigenous AFL recruits throughout their careers. But with little being done, a group of ex-players has now decided to turn words into actions.

indigenous affairs June 2, 2018

Building on the Uluru statement

A year on from the historic Uluru statement, constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains in limbo.

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.

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 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.