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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the Northern Territory Intervention. Crikey’s Northern Territory Intervention coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Welcome your new senators

Crikey readers talk mandates, the new senators and the NT intervention.

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Rethinking the persistent indigenous employment problem

Last year the indigenous unemployment rate was 3.6 times the non-indigenous rate, this year it is down to 3.3 times, surely good news? Jon Altman of ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research reports.

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Chris Graham: Brough is back, with a record of failure

There’s a broad expectation that Mal Brough will walk straight back into the ministry if he wins Fisher. And there’s widespread fear in black Australia that the portfolio will be Aboriginal affairs.

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White politics is democracy, black politics is dysfunction

Wow. Black politics is factionalised. And just run by me what white politics is again, writes Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker magazine.

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Delivering better outcomes for indigenous people

Crikey readers have their say.

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NT intervention: what happened to outcomes?

The fifth anniversary of the NT intervention was supposed to be “liberation” day for prescribed communities now supposedly “stabilised, normalised and exited”. Instead it was another day of shame, says Jon Altman.

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Why Aboriginal Australia should reject constitutional recognition

I don’t normally agree with anything George Brandis says, but in a piece in The Australian last week it finally happened. The story was on the likely failure of a 2013 referendum to amend the Australian constitution to recognise Aboriginal people in the preamble, and to remove racially discriminatory powers.

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NT intervention five years on: no dent in indigenous disadvantage

Outside the glare of the media spotlight, no one in government or bureaucracy would contest the view the intervention has failed to make a significant dent in Aboriginal disadvantage, write Professor Jon Altman and Dr Melinda Hinkson from the ANU.

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No corner turned on indigenous housing

Crikey readers have their say.

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Macklin on ‘Fantasy Avenue’ over Aboriginal housing

Jenny Macklin is living in fantasy land if she thinks 631 new homes in the NT represents “turning a corner” in the provision of a basic service that all other Australians expect as a right of citizenry, writes Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker Magazine.

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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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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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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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Homelands policy debacle set to continue for a decade

Evidently, the Australian government is keen to assure Aboriginal people living on outstations and homelands that they will receive access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance, as well as garbage collection, writes Jon Altman, an anthropology research professor at ANU.

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Govt should do its own IM when looking for budget cuts

It is budget week, so how will the new Holy Cow surplus drive the political agenda?

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If you’re happy and you know it, stay in school

Several criticisms of government policy in Australia towards its indigenous peoples have used opposition to paternalism to support their alternative proposals, writes Dr Nicholas Biddle, a Fellow at the Australian National University.

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Stronger Futures juggernaut hits some potholes

A juggernaut is a force that is regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable. For many this is an apt metaphor for the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory bills, writes professor Jon Altman, of ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

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Cox: how to continue bad indigenous policy-making

The lack of media scrutiny will allow the federal government to continue and expand a series of paternalistic, ineffective programs that will reduce the well-being of many disadvantaged Australians.

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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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Cox: Labor losing votes by neglecting social policy initiatives

How far should feminists be supporting Julia Gillard as PM because she is a woman and the first one in this job?

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Lajamanu — police communications back to the Stone Age

Concerns about the Northern Territory Police’s call centre operations have been around for a while.

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Cox: how about asking Tent Embassy why they’re so angry?

Why do so few of the media reporters actually ask the Aboriginal demonstrators why they are so angry with being told to change tactics?

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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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The cunning of consultation: school attendance and welfare reform

Kids, even in remote indigenous Australia, do not live by school attendance alone, they also need food. And families with no income will inevitably become an economic burden for others in their community, writes Jon Altman.

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Crabb: Liberals like a nanny state as long as they’re the nanny

Conservatives in Australia have their long johns in a knot over planned pokie regulations, arguing that Australia is turning into a nanny state. So why were they pro the Howard-led Intervention in the NT against indigenous Australians? asks Annabel Crabb.

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