This morning Crikey received a tip that new Indigenous Affairs Minister
Mal Brough is himself of Aboriginal descent. Of course, we wanted
to know more, so we put in a call to Brough’s Queensland electoral
office and put the question to his spokesman, Peter
Evans.

At first, Evans told Crikey that he couldn’t confirm or deny whether
the Minister was of Aboriginal descent. But less than an hour later
Brough’s office was back on the phone with this quote from the
minister: “It’s possible, we don’t know.” Brough’s spokesperson
said the Minister was still investigating the genealogy, but it wasn’t a high priority at the moment.

According to the tip, Brough does not like to disclose
his heritage publicly, but now, with his new Indigenous Affairs
portfolio, it seems an important disclosure to make.

If Australia does actually have a minister of aboriginal descent in
the role, the next few years
could prove pivotal to the indigenous affairs debate in this country.
We’ll let you know the outcome of our enquiries in Monday’s Crikey –
if you don’t hear about it before that.