Both Reclaim Australia and the Rally Against Racism seem to think they had the moral high ground, and everyone wanted to claim both feminism and Aboriginal heritage. It was a very weird day.
As a staunch Catholic, Tony Abbott genuinely believes non-Christian societies are inferior. And that is manifesting itself in the closing of 100 WA communities.
Why does Australia continue to fail Aboriginal Australia at such gross levels? John B. Lawrence SC, a Darwin-based barrister and immediate past president of the Northern Territory Bar Association, explains.
The stagnant problems that "Close the Gap" has identified are either extremely complex and multidimensional, or they are simple and being made complex by the notion that they can be solved without the application of sufficient money to solve them.
Political leaders spoke from the heart on recognition of indigenous Australians in Parliament today. Former adviser to Labor Rita Markwell asks where to next for a movement that seems to have stalled.
In 1992, Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke in the Sydney suburb of Redfern to launch the International Year of Indigenous People.
When, in 1967, Harold Holt’s government put to the Australian people a proposal to amend section 51 (xxvi) of the Constitution so that the Commonwealth could make special laws with respect to Aboriginal people, the maverick Liberal MP Billy Wentworth warned that this could mean that in the future, a government could not only make laws to benefit Indigenous Australia, but also to disadvantage it. He was ignored.
I do not agree with what the PM has done in the Territory’s Aboriginal communities, nor did most of the Aboriginal health workers I was with last week in western NSW, writes Dr Rod MacQueen, an addiction medicine physician who works in indigenous communities.