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Targets not the way forward for indigenous justice

Targets not the way forward for indigenous justice

Crikey readers talk productivity and wages, and the federal Indigenous Affairs Minister has his say on Aboriginal incarceration rates.

If courts consider disadvantage, will Aboriginal offenders get a fair break?

If courts consider disadvantage, will Aboriginal offenders get a fair break?

The High Court found that social disadvantage should be taken into account in sentencing. But it didn't acknowledge the disproportionate imprisonment of Aboriginal people, or the role the system plays.

An artistic map with routes to another country

An artistic map with routes to another country

Fremantle Arts Centre's current exhibition We Don't Need A Map is an artistic journey into a unique part of Australia, giving local desert people the chance to tell their stories.

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.

Chris Graham: Brough is back, with a record of failure

Chris Graham: Brough is back, with a record of failure

There's a broad expectation that Mal Brough will walk straight back into the ministry if he wins Fisher. And there's widespread fear in black Australia that the portfolio will be Aboriginal affairs.

Twiggy v Gillard on Aboriginal jobs: who’s really delivering?

Twiggy v Gillard on Aboriginal jobs: who’s really delivering?

Andrew Forrest signalled another war of words with the Gillard government over his plan for indigenous jobs. So who has the figures right? Kirrily Jordan from ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research explains.

Pat Dodson: whatever happened to reconciliation?

Pat Dodson: whatever happened to reconciliation?

Published by Arena Publications, Coercive Reconciliation: Stabilise, Normalise, Exit Aboriginal Australia is the first book to cover the Northern Territory Intervention. Crikey will be publishing a series of extracts of the book, due to hit bookshelves on the 1 October, over the next week. Today, Pat Dodson.

Is nixing CDEP Howard’s assimilation solution?

Is nixing CDEP Howard’s assimilation solution?

Many people have been searching for reasons behind PM Howard’s abolition of the C.D.E.P programs. None was given when this was announced as part of the N.T Emergency Response. It has been assumed that it was done, in part, so that 50% of their income could be "quarantined" – something that could not be done with wages, but only with Centrelink payments.

Scrapping CDEP is just dumb, dumb, dumb

Scrapping CDEP is just dumb, dumb, dumb

Ministers Joe Hockey and Mal Brough's decision to abolish the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme in remote Indigenous communities in the NT will have marked impacts on the arts industry, the management of Indigenous Protected Areas, and community based Caring for Country ranger projects. And it's not just these success stories that will suffer; it's likely that there will be wider local, regional and national costs from this myopic ill-considered policy shift, writes Jon Altman.

What is needed for the Howard/Brough plan to work

What is needed for the Howard/Brough plan to work

Here's what experience might tell us about the chances of success of the Howard/Brough plan for Aboriginal Australia, writes David Coles, former Northern Territory public servant, in Club Troppo