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Crikey Worm: change to definition of Aboriginality flagged

Crikey Worm: change to definition of Aboriginality flagged

Good morning, early birds. The technical definition of "Aboriginal" could soon change to help the government better distribute GST. Plus, details emerge about Bomber Thompson's arrest (and subsequent release). It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Vale ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth: the acerbic wit of a fearless man

Vale ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth: the acerbic wit of a fearless man

Renowned Aboriginal activist Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth died on the weekend. Crikey's Northern Myth blogger, Bob Gosford, takes a look back at some of his most memorable quotes.

Pilger’s paradise in forgotten Australia

Pilger’s paradise in forgotten Australia

John Pilger's new film Utopia, on Aboriginal Australia, doesn't premiere in Australia until January -- but Crikey gives you the first look.

NAIDOC week: f-ck the festivities, let’s talk politics

NAIDOC week: f-ck the festivities, let’s talk politics

The rela meaning of NAIDOC week is in examining the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders still don't have full Constitutional recognition, writes Kamilaroi woman @TheKooriWoman.

A ‘right to drink’ in Alice? Banned boozers register debate

A ‘right to drink’ in Alice? Banned boozers register debate

The NT government’s abolition of the Banned Drinkers Register has divided opinion in Central Australia. Swinburne Institute for Social Research research fellow Eleanor Hogan reports for Inside Story.

Why concerns over funding Cape York welfare trial are valid

Why concerns over funding Cape York welfare trial are valid

UPDATED: The Queensland government had serious concerns over funding Noel Pearson's Cape York welfare reform trial. Researcher Dr Kristian Lasslett reveals ongoing governance issues did give cause for concern.

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

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

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.

No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola

No room at the inn for Aboriginal customers in Borroloola

Many Aboriginal people support booze bans in local communities. But a raid on Chrisco hampers in the Northern Territory left a bad taste. Sean Kerins of ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy reports from Borroloola.

Ideology aside, the Aboriginal grog bans are working

Ideology aside, the Aboriginal grog bans are working

The ban on booze in some Aboriginal communities does reduce abuse rates. Peter d'Abbs from the Menzies School of Health Research looks at the data.

Not bigoted, just bad policy: why Abstudy needs to stay

Not bigoted, just bad policy: why Abstudy needs to stay

A move by Queensland's LNP to press for the scrapping of Abstudy should be rejected as the scheme boosts indigenous education, employment and community outcomes, says Nicholas Biddle