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Topic: indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin
Black government expenditure — it’s a white thing

Black government expenditure — it’s a white thing

The Productivity Commission says its audit of indigenous spending can contribute to better policy making and thus improved outcomes for indigenous Australians. Jon Altman isn't so sure.

Macklin on ‘Fantasy Avenue’ over Aboriginal housing

Macklin on ‘Fantasy Avenue’ over Aboriginal housing

Jenny Macklin is living in fantasy land if she thinks 631 new homes in the NT represents "turning a corner" in the provision of a basic service that all other Australians expect as a right of citizenry, writes Chris Graham, managing editor of Tracker Magazine.

Stronger Futures juggernaut hits some potholes

Stronger Futures juggernaut hits some potholes

A juggernaut is a force that is regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable. For many this is an apt metaphor for the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory bills, writes professor Jon Altman, of ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

Cox: how to continue bad indigenous policy-making

Cox: how to continue bad indigenous policy-making

The lack of media scrutiny will allow the federal government to continue and expand a series of paternalistic, ineffective programs that will reduce the well-being of many disadvantaged Australians.

Still no evidence for Macklin’s NT intervention

Still no evidence for Macklin’s NT intervention

The Labor government’s legislation continues to concentrate power in the hands of government and vilify Aboriginal people, write Dr Hilary Tyler and Paddy Gibson, NT indigenous workers.

The cunning of consultation: school attendance and welfare reform

The cunning of consultation: school attendance and welfare reform

Kids, even in remote indigenous Australia, do not live by school attendance alone, they also need food. And families with no income will inevitably become an economic burden for others in their community, writes Jon Altman.

Cox: Stronger Futures demands are un-Australian

Cox: Stronger Futures demands are un-Australian

How un-Australian is it for the federal government to invite submissions and input from an affected population and then expect them to spend Christmas doing the submission?

The intervention is dead, long live the intervention

The intervention is dead, long live the intervention

The most recent data on progress suggests that the intervention is failing, at least if its aim is to close gaps of socioeconomic disadvantage between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in the NT, writes ANU professor Jon Altman.

Economic rationalism hits the homelands

Economic rationalism hits the homelands

Outstations/homelands (the terms can be used interchangeably) represent a service delivery headache for the state, but this is mainly due to unimaginative policy approaches, writes Professor Jon Altman.