Eddie Koiki Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Torres Strait island of Mer.
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The Mabo decision changed Australia's concept of land ownership. It was a divisive yet important step toward recognising Indigenous rights and establishing native title.
Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney says her party is trying to identify and remove structural obstacles to preselection.
Guaranteed representation reduces the distance between policymakers and the people for whom policy is made.
Certain traditional owners and conservation groups allied to stand against a planned gas hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
AAP Image/Tim Gentles
Relations between Indigenous peoples and environmentalists can be productive for both parties, but they will always be unstable.
Tony Abbott’s additional target focusing on school attendance rates has not improved at all since 2014.
The report focus on the government’s own policies fails to acknowledge genuine differences of opinion on key issues such as constitutional recognition and income management.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the eve of the release of the Close the Gap report.
Kevin Rudd called for more to be done to halt the increasing number of Indigenous children being removed from their families.
A fish trap at Lake Condah.
In the 1840s, the eel traps of Budj Bim were described as the work of 'civilized men'. But it took another 135 years for more appreciative European eyes to examine the complexity of western Victoria’s Aboriginal fishery.
Some Aboriginal people and a number of other Australians see Australia Day as a day of mourning.
Protesting about Australia Day is a smokescreen to obscure the real problems that many Aboriginal Australians face today.
Children representing the diversity of contemporary multicultural Australia stand near a sign depicting an ‘idealised’ white Australia. Blackwood Recreation Centre, South Australia, 2015.
Photo: C. Smith
How might an Aboriginal person in the Northern Territory experience racism? There are many material signs that can make a person feel excluded from society.
Paul Keating recognised the significant opportunities – and political risks – the High Court’s Mabo decision presented.
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Cabinet papers reveal the extent to which the Keating government was torn between concern for fiscal responsibility and a desire to tackle Indigenous disadvantage and pursue meaningful reconciliation.
Treaties are formal agreements, reached via respectful negotiation under which both sides accept a series of responsibilities.
No treaty between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has ever been recognised, but developments at the state level suggest this may soon change.
Writer and actor Nakkiah Lui, speaking on Q&A.
Has the Coalition government cut $35 million from frontline legal services for victims of domestic and family violence?
Journalists need to understand the complexities of Aboriginal family violence.
Violence against women is a national priority, and Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected. This must be reported on appropriately in the media.
Reviving languages is no easy task – it needs teachers, a staged curriculum and resources.
The government's plan to prioritise the revival of Indigenous languages in New South Wales is a welcome first step. Truly achieving it will take several more.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.
Australia needs to recapture the urgency felt in the early 20th century about achieving an honourable and just settlement with Indigenous people.
There is a deep connection between past and present in Indigenous affairs in Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull explicitly chose to assume the mantle of his predecessor Tony Abbott as ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’.
For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
The Referendum Council has extended its timetable for consultations on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
The longer the process of recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution goes on, the more debate is likely to split and fracture.
The Ord River was targeted for agricultural expansion in the 20th century.
Ever since British settlement, water rights in Australia's north have favoured landowners over traditional owners, effectively locking Aboriginal people out of agricultural development.
Malcolm Turnbull’s criticism of Bill Shorten’s remarks on a treaty with Indigenous Australians reflects genuine anxiety that support for recognition is cooling.
If we are to have a mature and sensible debate on Indigenous recognition, we must be more willing to embrace difficult issues and diverse perspectives.