Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has nixed the prospect of a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice to parliament, and RBA governor Philip Lowe has changed his tune on the pressing need for fiscal stimulus. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Despite a promise to hold a referendum this term, the push for Indigenous recognition will fail unless a denialist rump within the Coalition can be prevented from derailing the process.
It is always dismaying when non-Indigenous people feel compelled to publicly voice their opinion on Indigenous issues without taking the very basic step of talking to Indigenous peoples, writes National Congress of Australia's First Peoples CEO Gary Oliver.
While the governing class examines its own navel for scandal, what's happening on the most important policy issues?
A recent essay by Noel Pearson has a great deal of self-excoriation, but fails to find the true problems that led him there.
Malcolm Turnbull has doubled down on his rejection of a constitutionally guaranteed indigenous voice, using exactly the logic of those opposed to any indigenous recognition at all.
The government's refusal to consider a voice for Indigenous Australians in the constitution may well damn the recognition referendum to defeat.
To argue that indigenous Australians have no special place in Australia, as opponents of the Uluru Statement have, simply recycles a racist lie.