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Success in the white political system does not make you a ‘leader’

Success in the white political system does not make you a ‘leader’

The new Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, could be a good leader in the future. But representation is meaningless if it does not carry with it the responsibility to affect change.

Black and white witness

Black and white witness

In the Meanjin winter issue, Amy McQuire discusses the damage wrought by white witnesses on Indigenous land.

High Court gives the green light to repugnant ‘book-up’ system

High Court gives the green light to repugnant ‘book-up’ system

The 'book-up' credit system doesn't make the top 100 list of things institutionally wrong with Indigenous affairs in Australia. But that this case ended this way is utterly crushing.

Aboriginal flag copyright deal betrays Indigenous culture

Aboriginal flag copyright deal betrays Indigenous culture

The legal system in Australia is completely out of touch with Indigenous culture and its preference for collective ownership.

Can Ken Wyatt succeed where so many Indigenous affairs ministers have failed?

Can Ken Wyatt succeed where so many Indigenous affairs ministers have failed?

Ken Wyatt's appointment as Minister for Indigenous Affairs has been met with broad support. But will he be able to make a difference in Scott Morrison's government?

Environmental as anything

Environmental as anything

This week: life expectancy gaps, return of the mammoth, more dunnies please, and the 49% solution (to humanity).

On Pat Dodson, Labor’s paternalism and avoiding lip service

On Pat Dodson, Labor’s paternalism and avoiding lip service

Senator Pat Dodson's potential appointment in a Labor government is merely tokenistic if it does not empower him to make structural changes.

Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames

Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames

Good morning, early birds. The historic Notre Dame cathedral has been engulfed with fire, and a week after the death of an Indigenous woman in police custody, her family have accused police of racial profiling and mistaken arrest. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

‘If the Andrews government wants a fight, they’ve got one’

‘If the Andrews government wants a fight, they’ve got one’

The government is facing a growing resistance from Djab Wurrung traditional owners over the destruction of cultural heritage. Is this a litmus test for what's to come with treaty negotiations?

Suicide among First Nations youth is at crisis point

Suicide among First Nations youth is at crisis point

Until we have a conversation about the systemic problems that are driving suicides among First Nations children, we cannot pretend we are a country that comes together in crisis.