Indigenous people feel powerless in their own country, as articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The rejection of the Referendum Council's Report has derailed Indigenous constitutional recognition. Treaties at the state and territory level offer a clear path forward for meaningful reform.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
‘We refuse to appeal to the benevolence of White folk for our lives to matter. We remind them every day that we are still here.’
Despite the promise of Black Lives Matter, it has not been taken up as a central political movement by Indigenous Australians.
Grandparents reported being overlooked and routinely sidelined in decision-making by child protection workers.
New research shows that, too often, grandparents who are primary carers are being locked out of decisions about their grandchildren's welfare.
Heritier Lumumba describes his experience of racism at Collingwood Football Club in Fair Game.
Héritier Lumumba played for Collingwood Football Club until 2014, where his teammates called him "Chimp". His experience mirrors that of many other black men in Australia, particularly in the workplace.
Concerns have been raised about whether Australia adequately protects human rights given multiple reports of abuses, including mistreatment of juvenile detainees.
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Australia is the only democratic nation in the world without a national charter of rights or similar.
The Referendum Council contends there should be a place for Indigenous voices in Australia’s Constitution.
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Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
The Referendum Council’s report is the conclusion of 18 months of consultation and discussion, including six months of regional dialogues with Indigenous people.
Implicit in Malcolm Turnbull’s and Bill Shorten's arguments that an Indigenous 'voice to parliament' would be a big change is the notion that it may be too difficult.
Should we add emus to our diet?
If Australians are to eat healthy, unprocessed meats while making sustainable choices, native animals would be an obvious choice.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches.
Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
In political terms, the Howard government faced little opposition to the Northern Territory Intervention.
The Northern Territory Intervention implemented coercive measures that would have been unthinkable in other, non-Indigenous communities.
The sun rises above Uluru in outback Australia.
'Australian values' have been mangled into meaninglessness by countless politicians. But there is an national character, shaped by the Australian land. New research investigates Outback values.
The prison system is tasked with several purposes: punishment, deterrence, protection and rehabilitation.
The largest increases in Australia's prison numbers have been in remand, Indigenous and women prisoners.
Quentin Agius Aboriginal Cultural Tours’ Point Pearce tour, South Australia.
It is a problem in our efforts to build reconciliation that Australians appear not to be taking up the hospitality of their fellow Australians.
A treaty would be an agreement that is rather like that of host and guest, with rights and responsibilities for each party.
Treaties have to be the foundation for constitutional recognition, not the reverse.
‘We cannot talk about building truthful relationships without being honest about the racialised realities of our social world.’
The result of the 1967 referendum may well have made Australia appear less racist, but it did not address the inherently racist nature of the Constitution.
The way ahead for giving Indigenous Australians an appropriate place in the Constitution is problematic.
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If earlier timetables had been achievable and voters persuadable, we might by now have had same-sex marriage on the statute books and agreement to the recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in the Constitution…
The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations.
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Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.