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