Oct 30, 2012

Rudd-era indigenous truce collapses as governments collide

For a brief period, Commonwealth and state/territory governments came together in a kumbaya on indigenous affairs. With Kevin Rudd gone, that is now shifting writes ANU's Jon Altman.

In November 2007 when the Rudd government was elected into office the country was coast-to-coast Labor. The all-powerful new prime minister set out to do something bold and unusual that others had tried to do, without success, before: co-ordinate intergovernmental Commonwealth/state relations and make them consensual in addressing indigenous disadvantage.

Five years on this “abnormal” approach seems to be unravelling as indigenous affairs re-normalises to intergovernmental conflict and buck passing.

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