Yesterday, no less a figure than Australia's best-read columnist made mention of an article I wrote for Crikey in December of last year, though of course he declined to link to the publication. But, being Andrew Bolt, he also missed the point entirely.

My original article was written to explain what is going on in remote communities and to shine a glaring spotlight on both sides of government, highlighting that the issue is not about spending enough dollars but instead about understanding the true nature of the problem and the need to listen to the Aboriginal people who are making these so-called "lifestyle choices". I am not an Aboriginal person and I do not profess to be an expert in the area of indigenous affairs, but spending a couple of years immersed in the lives and communities of Aboriginal people living in the East Kimberley I came to understand a little about culture and a lot about what government thinks it knows but doesn't.