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Gillard is wrong, bans won’t stop those ‘rivers of grog’

Gillard is wrong, bans won’t stop those ‘rivers of grog’

February 8, 2013 20 Comments

Grog is destroying lives in Aboriginal communities, but race-based bans don't work. Julia Gillard wants to re-introduce a list of people banned from buying alcohol but the data doesn't support her.

Govts part of the black education problem

Govts part of the black education problem

December 20, 2012 2 Comments

The latest NAPLAN results show that government's have failed to "close the gap" between indigenous and non-indigenous students, despite billions being spent. So what does work?

Nobody was very serious on Aboriginal constitutional recognition

Nobody was very serious on Aboriginal constitutional recognition

September 21, 2012 11 Comments

Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal Australians was always doomed. Nobody in government wanted it badly enough, especially in the midst of a federal election.

Abbott’s Cape York listening tour falls on deaf eyes

August 13, 2012 11 Comments

Tony Abbott spent the weekend doing his brand of a "listening tour" by rolling up his sleeves up and helping renovate a school library in the small Cape York community of Aurukun.

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

July 31, 2012 15 Comments

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.

Aboriginal protests: grassroots activism v boardroom blackfellas

February 16, 2012 17 Comments

In the wash-up of the Tent Embassy debacle, a few opportunities have emerged. The most important is a discussion – particularly among young Aboriginal people – about a way forward.

The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white

The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white

February 15, 2012 96 Comments

There is perhaps no event in the last few decades that better sums up the divide between black and white Australia than the debacle that engulfed the Embassy celebrations.

What’s with Welcome to Country?

What’s with Welcome to Country?

March 19, 2010 14 Comments

Aboriginal people have for thousands of years formally welcomed people onto their country. When other Aboriginal nations visited to trade, it was accompanied by welcoming ceremonies, explains Chris Graham.

Holding their breath for Palm justice

March 10, 2010 21 Comments

This latest inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee is being watched by Indigenous people around the nation for one simple reason: it represents the best chance yet for justice over an Aboriginal death in custody.

Biggest problem facing Scullion as shadow indigenous affairs? His boss

December 9, 2009 10 Comments

New shadow Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion has a genuine opportunity to make meaningful progress for the nation's most disadvantaged citizens. Let's hope he doesn't succumb to his poll dancing past.