Topic archives: Indigenous affairs

The ‘new’ scheme to prevent Indigenous deaths in custody

May 24, 2018 1

Partially funded by the Commonwealth, the custody notification system (CNS) is closely modelled on a system in place in New South Wales since 2000.

The bonkers plan to turn remote Indigenous Australia into a free-market capitalist economy

February 19, 2018 6

With one more ad hoc solution piled on another, it's desperate times for the Mundine-Pearson model of remote-area development.

How Closing The Gap fell apart

February 9, 2018 13

As the tenth anniversary of Closing The Gap nears, a report has detailed how some very Canberran failings wrecked it.

Crikey Worm: only a quarter of these NBN users will get top speeds

January 17, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Some 75% of NBN customers using fibre-to-the-node technology will not be able to access the internet at top speeds. Plus, a former Aboriginal affairs minister has criticised the government for its handling of last year's Uluru Statement. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Don Dale: damning recommendations must be acted on

November 21, 2017 6

The commissioner has handed down a damning report detailing the failures of state institutions in the protection of children in the Northern Territory.

Change the date of Australia Day for patriotism’s sake!

August 24, 2017 8

Once again the hot topic of changing the date of Australia Day has bubbled to the surface. While Turnbull says the date is intrinsically tied to Australia culture Henry Reynolds argues that most Australians don't even know what the date specifically commemorates, and if they did, might not be so keen on keeping it.

Rundle: Twiggy’s Tarzan antics and the problem of the white saviour

August 14, 2017 17

Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's fixation with the cashless welfare card is more about him playing modern Tarzan than what is good for indigenous communities.

Indigenous clan takes land council to court over $29m in claimed losses from Muckaty Station debacle

July 26, 2017

Old wounds will be re-opened in the Federal Court after disgruntled Aboriginal Australians filed an action against the Northern Land Council for allegedly losing them large sums of money after canning the Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump proposal.

When should Australia Day be, if not January 26?

January 24, 2017 19

Varied academics and ambassadors still struggle to reach a consensus on an appropriate Australia Day … day, writes Crikey intern Harrison Johnstone.

Windschuttle cocks it up, alleging grand Aboriginal conspiracy

November 21, 2016 4

Back to the drawing board, Keith.

How did so many indigenous Australians end up in prison?

August 10, 2016 2

When Frank Walker was in office in the early 1980s there was no heroin epidemic, no talkback radio law and order campaigns, and there were less than 4000 people in prison in NSW, writes Bob Debus.

Leaked docs reveal secret Coalition plans for indigenous rangers

July 15, 2016 5

Although the Indigenous Rangers -- Working on Country program is a huge success, Nigel Scullion wants to overhaul it from a community-run to a top-down structure.

Did the govt really create 39,000 jobs for indigenous Australians?

May 31, 2016 2

The figures look a little rubbery, writes Jon Altman, research professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University.

Nigel Scullion pressured independent indigenous body to alter annual report

Nigel Scullion pressured independent indigenous body to alter annual report

April 21, 2016 3

Nigel Scullion has some explaining to do, writes The Mandarin journalist Stephen Easton.

‘Indigenous news doesn’t rate’: NITV News axed

‘Indigenous news doesn’t rate’: NITV News axed

February 26, 2015 6

SBS is scrapping its half-hour nightly indigenous news program, with an "undisclosed current affairs program" to go in its stead.

Report card: Tony fails as the ‘PM for Aboriginal affairs’

Report card: Tony fails as the ‘PM for Aboriginal affairs’

February 11, 2015 12

If Tony Abbott wants to get real about closing the gap, he first needs to appoint an actual, learned minister for indigenous affairs, writes former Labor adviser Rita Markwell.

Razer: the premature apotheosis of Karl Stefanovic, or, the media is useless

Razer: the premature apotheosis of Karl Stefanovic, or, the media is useless

November 25, 2014

We maintain the fiction that media can provoke great change, but that's not really the case.

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

September 22, 2014 2

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia's political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

February 14, 2014 23

Tony Abbott's Closing the Gap speech was one of the best of recent times, but he will have nowhere to hide if results do not improve.

How deep to dig? <em>Good Weekend</em>‘s Mundine profile sparks debate

How deep to dig? Good Weekend‘s Mundine profile sparks debate

October 11, 2013 8

A controversial Good Weekend profile on indigenous leader Warren Mundine has re-opened a debate as old as journalism. Where does prurience end and the public interest begin?