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Indigenous languages preserved in app form: Ma! Iwaidja and other initiatives

Ma! Iwaidja is a touch-and-listen smartphone and tablet app. It is one of several initiatives that use mobile devices to document Australian languages, writes Bruce Birch.

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Closing the gap? PM left ‘disappointed’ on Aboriginal welfare

Julia Gillard presented the latest report card on indigenous disadvantage today, revealing school kids are struggling, while Aboriginal employment drops. Amber Jamieson and Callum Denness report.

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Indigenous, Aboriginal or Aborigine? It’s not black and white

Indigenous Australian, Aborigine, Aboriginal, blacks — unpicking the terminology around how Australia’s first people are reported in the media means navigating a minefield packed with political explosives.

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Senator Nigel Scullion and his ‘bullshit’ Toronto Star comments

Senator Nigel Scullion appeared in a Toronto Star profile on the NT Intervention. His comments appeared ill-informed or seriously out-of-step with contemporary policy and thinking — even within his own side of politics — writes Bob Gosford.

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The battle over Yuendumu

Melbourne Demons footballer Liam Jurrah remains embroiled in an clan dispute that ended up in an Alice Springs court room last week. Jurrah’s biographer Bruce Hearn Mackinnon explains some of the challenges for footballers coming from remote indigenous communities.

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Can the media call indigenous Australians ‘blacks’?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, aborigines, Indigenous Australians: it can be difficult for media organisations to know what terms are appropriate when writing stories about Australia’s first inhabitants.

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What happened to Aboriginal Australia setting the agenda?

The fact we are still calling for sovereignty and self-determination, 40 years on from the first steps of the tent embassy, shows just how central it is to Aboriginal aspirations, writes Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker Magazine.

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Removing race from our constitution

We don’t collectively identify as racist. And yet there is the undeniable reality that our constitution as it stands still contains two sections designed specifically to discriminate.

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Aboriginal crime and punishment: spending on jails but not outcomes

The rise of a punitive “law and order” culture in Australia has had a profoundly racial dimension, manifested in soaring rates of indigenous incarceration. Inga Ting continues her special report.

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Aboriginal crime and punishment: incarceration rates rise under neoliberalism

The number of indigenous prisoners has increased for the 11th year in a row, despite the prisoner population falling for the first time in a decade. Inga Ting reports a history of failed government policy.

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Economic rationalism hits the homelands

Outstations/homelands (the terms can be used interchangeably) represent a service delivery headache for the state, but this is mainly due to unimaginative policy approaches, writes Professor Jon Altman.

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Mapping ethics of Aboriginal genome research

New research mapping the Aboriginal genome garnered international attention last week and is re-writing the history books on human migration, but scientists fear the news raises an ethical quagmire here in Australia.

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Intervention sign wars in the Tanami Desert

Bob Gosford writes on the amusing political war going on in Yuendumu, where locals deface (perhaps improve?) the signs spruiking the government’s NT Intervention and erect their own signs.

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Aboriginal identity: ‘I never had a choice’

How do you define someone’s identity? It was key issue in the Andrew Bolt racial discrimination case and Crikey asked some Aboriginal Australians to explain identity in their own words.

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Falling through the gaps: indigenous community left behind after Yasi

Cyclone Yasi hit Australia more than a month ago, but one town that wasn’t even damaged by the storm is still suffering the consequences of a mass evacuation.

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Alcohol in the Alice: the drink destroying a city

In Alice Springs, locals drink double the national average of alcohol per year. Therefore it’s no surprise that 70-90% of the assaults in the town are alcohol-related. How do we stop the grog? asks Russell Goldflam.

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Drunks or spiritual gurus: media (mis)representations of Indigenous Australians

The way the indigenous people of this country get portrayed in media reports continue to be along the “the savage and the noble” lines. We need to move beyond these simplistic stereotypes, particularly in the post-2007 NT Intervention media landscape.

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Indigenous workers are getting screwed under the SIHIP program

Two of my employment consultants have received a number of complaints from CDEP participants about being underpaid for working on Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) projects using CDEP as a vehicle, writes Carl Russelhuber, Employment Services Manager, CatholicCare NT.

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AEC indigenous job scheme: is it taxpayers’ money well spent?

Until more detailed information is publicly released about the AEC’s outcomes and its agreements with government, it will be impossible to assess if taxpayer investments are creating sustainable indigenous jobs, writes Dr Kirrily Jordan from Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU.

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UN set to give Oz a serve on our racial discrimination record

The UN Committee that monitors breaches of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee) will report on its examination of Australia this weekend.

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How the Spinifex People claimed their land by painting it

Over the next couple of weeks Bob Gosford is focusing on a poorly recognised phenomenon: the collective claiming of rights to and possession of country by Aboriginal people through art.

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Where to from here?

As we hit the publish button, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin is announcing the passage of the welfare reform bill, thereby restoring the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Rudd overpromised on indigenous unemployment

Tthe Australian government might have exacerbated the expansion of the Indigenous unemployment gap, report Professor Jon Altman and Dr Nicholas Biddle.

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Talking the Town: Pilger’s wrong to bag The West

Those expecting a fierce attack on media moguls from Australian ex-pat journalist John Pilger would have been disappointed at his Q&A session in Perth yesterday, writes Lawrence Apps.

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Taking a dump on sacred land: the long-drop toilet and the NT Intervention

A construction company working as part of the NT Intervention is facing charges after digging a toilet in the middle of one of the most sacred Indigenous sites in Arnhem Land. How does a mishap of this size happen?

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