indigenous affairs

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 August 4, 2018

Protecting country

Protesters against a Victorian highway project requiring the clearing of thousands of trees, including some sacred to the local Djab Wurrung people, say the issue exposes the government’s hypocrisy in treaty negotiations.

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.

indigenous affairs July 28, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull in Tennant Creek

In remote Australia, locals have a term for politicians who fly in, squawk a bit, and fly out – they’re called cockatoos. Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Tennant Creek this week showed all the signs.

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.

indigenous affairs June 3, 2017

Murrawah Johnson and the Indigenous fight against Adani

Leading the Indigenous fight against Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine, Murrawah Johnson is continuing the advocacy her grandfather started.

indigenous affairs June 3, 2017

The making of the Uluru statement

Behind the landmark Uluru statement are years of conservative negotiation and compromise, led by Noel Pearson.

indigenous affairs April 15, 2017

Pardon call over ‘flawed’ Kevin Henry murder case

An Aboriginal man has spent the past 25 years in jail for a murder he says he did not commit, his only link to the crime a dubious 1991 confession.

indigenous affairs March 18, 2017

Government withholds funding for Indigenous genetic disease foundation

Despite a Federal Court win over Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, a foundation supporting sufferers of a crippling genetic disease across remote Aboriginal communities is still waiting on funding promised under the previous Labor government.