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Pilger’s paradise in forgotten Australia

John Pilger’s new film Utopia, on Aboriginal Australia, doesn’t premiere in Australia until January — but Crikey gives you the first look.

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NAIDOC week: f-ck the festivities, let’s talk politics

The rela meaning of NAIDOC week is in examining the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders still don’t have full Constitutional recognition, writes Kamilaroi woman @TheKooriWoman.

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A ‘right to drink’ in Alice? Banned boozers register debate

The NT government’s abolition of the Banned Drinkers Register has divided opinion in Central Australia. Swinburne Institute for Social Research research fellow Eleanor Hogan reports for Inside Story.

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Why concerns over funding Cape York welfare trial are valid

UPDATED: The Queensland government had serious concerns over funding Noel Pearson’s Cape York welfare reform trial. Researcher Dr Kristian Lasslett reveals ongoing governance issues did give cause for concern.

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Gillard is wrong, bans won’t stop those ‘rivers of grog’

Grog is destroying lives in Aboriginal communities, but race-based bans don’t work. Julia Gillard wants to re-introduce a list of people banned from buying alcohol but the data doesn’t support her.

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No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola

Many Aboriginal people support booze bans in local communities. But a raid on Chrisco hampers in the Northern Territory left a bad taste. Sean Kerins of ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy reports from Borroloola.

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Ideology aside, the Aboriginal grog bans are working

The ban on booze in some Aboriginal communities does reduce abuse rates. Peter d’Abbs from the Menzies School of Health Research looks at the data.

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Not bigoted, just bad policy: why Abstudy needs to stay

A move by Queensland’s LNP to press for the scrapping of Abstudy should be rejected as the scheme boosts indigenous education, employment and community outcomes, says Nicholas Biddle

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NT prescribed communities: not normalised, exited, eliminated

Global evidence suggests that stronger futures for Aboriginal people will require more self-determination, writes professor Jon Altman of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

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A Cook’s tour of the numbers damns Stronger Futures legislation

At least when Cook set sail from Britain he knew roughly where he was going. Indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin enjoys no such luxury. She’s making this stuff up as she goes along, writes Chris Graham.

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A (big, blue) sign of the times for NT Intervention

On Tuesday night the Darwin City Council considered a letter from Dave Chalmers, state manager of the federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ NT state office, with the seemingly innocuous subject of “highway and community signs”.

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A jealous Prime Minister?

Very strange timing yesterday by Julia Gillard in making her announcement about plans for a referendum on including a reference to Aborigines into the constitution.

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Slavery returns to Top End

Today, workers at the small townships of Kalkaringi and Dagaragu in the Victoria River district of the Northern Territory will be out on strike over their pay and conditions. As Bob Gosford reports, it’s a case of history repeating.

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Illiterate, but formal: small miracle of democracy blooms in FNQ

In Queensland’s election, somehow polling booths that should represent some of the country’s least literate voters returned informal vote numbers that were among the country’s lowest. What’s going on?

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Black Canons: Peter Craven writes back

Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham took Peter Craven to task for his review of the latest Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Here Peter Craven replies.

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Jenny Macklin’s special brand of consultation

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has discovered an interesting kind of consultation involving fences, writes Chris Graham.

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Federal Court grants ACC access to indigenous kids’ medical files

A full bench of the Federal Court today ruled that the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) must take the interests of Indigenous children into account when investigating child abuse in Indigenous communities, writes Henri Ivrey.

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Climbing Uluru is like clambering up the War Memorial

I’d like to climb up the side of the Australian War Memorial because I suspect the view over Lake Burley Griffin is sensational.

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Noel Pearson: impassioned, nasty, intellectual, inspired

Noel Pearson’s collection of writing in Up from the Mission has provoked me, deepened my understanding of contemporary Aboriginal realities and confirmed my opinion of his import, says Eve Vincent.

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Closing the gap: let’s talk about things that work

Closing the Indigenous gap was never going to be easy, but the reception of the Productivity Commission report will unfortunately make it harder, writes Eva Cox.

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“Closing the Gap” is like wrestling with smoke

As yet another round of headlines emerge about lack of progress on indigenous health and social indicators, the “Closing the Gap” initiative can look more than ever like wrestling with smoke.

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Talking the town: Therese Rein launches into a sea of hugs

Although Ms Rein’s pre-Kiliminjaro fitness program is strictly off-limits to the fourth estate, Crikey can exclusively reveal that she looked fantastic.

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Is Macklin ignoring her own legal advice on town camps acquisition?

No other Australian is asked to surrender land rights to secure basic services, write Alison Vivian and Larissa Behrendt.

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Marion Scrymgour just changed black politics forever

In politics, it seems, you can justify almost anything; being an Aboriginal member of the Labor or Liberal Party is no longer one of them, given Marion Scrymgour’s recent exit from the Labor Party in NT.

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Bushfire memorial service had hollow ring

A national day of mourning works at multiple levels, writes Dr Melinda Hinkson.

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