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May 31, 2017

The Australian Financial Review is offensively wrong on indigenous Australians

The Australian Financial review has illustrated just how ignorant white Australians are about the real state of indigenous outcomes.

Bernard Keane — Politics Editor

Bernard Keane

Politics Editor

Is it any wonder that we’ve made so little progress on indigenous policy when the following statement can appear in the editorial of a national newspaper?

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14 thoughts on “The Australian Financial Review is offensively wrong on indigenous Australians

  1. John Newton

    Keep ’em coming Mr Keane.

  2. jay tolhurst

    Just maybe the phrase “similar economic status” is critical. Yes, we know indigenous incidence of poverty, unemployment, poor health outcomes etc is worse than non-indigenous. But how much worse is it when corrected for economic status? My guess is that non-indigenous outcomes for those of the lowest economic status are pretty crappy too.

  3. Paul

    Not at all surprising after watching the Insiders last Sunday.

  4. PaulM

    It’s a bit of a reach to refer to the AFR as the “national tabloid”. It’s target market is the non-productive sector known as “Funds Management”, and its writers continue to display a Sydney-centric view of the world, although few of them would gave any first hand experience of Redfern.

  5. Steve

    The claim in the AFR is not necessarily disproven by the statistics quoted at length afterwards. It’s plausible, for instance, that 50-60% of Indigenous people are doing roughly just as well as everyone else, and that atrocious outcomes in, say, remote rural communities are dragging the averages down. That may not be the case at all, but Keane doesn’t actually disprove it.

    1. Desmond Graham

      I agree Steve – the reason are really – the disadvantaged, in the olden days used to be called unfortunately the lower classes, [regardless of colour or race or religion] are most likely to die early, have more diseases. The remote areas of society are also more likely to suffer again regardless of colour etc, and the power areas are similarly the same – Unfortunately
      again there is are greater proportion of aboriginals that occupy these societal areas of disadvantage.
      The urban middle class aboriginals – and those that do not actually publicise their aboriginality and just get on with their lives do have the same outcomes as is the normal distribution of all races in Australian society.
      In fact if one adds up the amount of money thrown at the problems over the years it could sustain another small country – – money is not the answer but planing society’s fringe dwellers to be more integrated in mainstream is the answer.

      1. edwin coleman

        In fact Bernard’s ignoring the explicit qualification “non-aboriginal Australians of similar socio-economic background” makes his statistics irrelevant to what is claimed – though one wonders how on earth the Fin got its [supposed] data!

        1. Desmond Graham

          Edwin – remember he is a journalist and a mini essayist – they have to make a point, espouse a particular point of view which is their role – not to analyse a problem- but create talking points.

        2. Woopwoop

          Exactly… the words “of similar socio-economic background” i.e. with a similar level of education, place of residence, family structure,disability etc seems to have been ignored by BK.

          1. ajf

            Ignored with good reason. “If you ignore the disadvantaged ones, Aborigines are doing OK” is a vacuous statement.

  6. CML

    Bernard…most of the statistics you quote are 5 years or more old…I would be surprised if these figures have not improved over that time.
    Also, agree with Edwin…you are comparing apples with oranges. We need to see the stats for non-indigenous folk in the lower socio-economic groups Australia wide. Lumping everyone else in together just skews the outcomes.

  7. [email protected]

    Thank you Bernard, slam ’em with science. The real revolution of the Uluru Statement From the Heart is dynamism: a process, to identify reality, which you have done, and AFR didn’t bother. AFR demonstrated why an elected First Nations Committee to advise the legislature is necessary: they will KNOW reality and identify praxis. Did the AFR want a squiggle on paper? Tough. ATSI were smarter than that.

  8. AR

    The ailments listed are all usually regarded as self inflicted in the modern world due to junk food, smoking, drinking & sedentary lifestyles.

  9. klewso

    Is this Stutchbury reporting opinion as news?