Nigel Scullion is at odds with Joe Morrison, CEO of the Northern Land Council, a fight that could be determined on July 2, writes Jon Altman, research professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Crikey readers have their say on Tony Abbott's decision to not fund remote Aboriginal communities.
There is a very good reason many indigenous Australians live in remote communities, and it's not a "lifestyle choice", writes Emeritus Professor Jon Altman of Australian National University.
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.
Mundine wants to dissolve collective Aboriginal identity altogether and have Aboriginal people claim their second citizenship as that of a specific nation. This is a terrible idea.
We maintain the fiction that media can provoke great change, but that's not really the case.
Half of white rural Australia is a drain, but we overwhelmingly agree that we want it to persevere, because people live there, have made lives rich in tradition and memory there. The attack on Aboriginal Australia is about skin colour, plain and simple.
The claim that Aboriginal Australians have a "special relationship with the land" is, quite frankly, racist and extremely unhelpful. Let's make some real reparations -- cold, hard cash.
Economist Hernando de Soto's ideas on capitalism and poverty don't fit the Australian Aboriginal experience. So why is the Abbott government trying to apply them, asks ANU professor Jon Altman?
The Commonwealth government has a history of intervening in indigenous affairs without local consultation. ANU professor Jon Altman asks: do the Stronger Futures laws contravene human rights?