Today’s release of data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians' more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time.
In contrast to perceptions of other homeless people sleeping rough, Darwin's "long-grassers" are applying a long cultural tradition to deal with the situation in which they find themselves.
No treaty between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has ever been recognised, but developments at the state level suggest this may soon change.
The real threats to dugongs and turtles are not being addressed.
The English navigator had a habit of fair-mindedness. But did it affect the way he related to local Aboriginal people as he circumnavigated Australia?
Waves of policies from successive Coalition and Labor governments have followed a paternalistic lead. This has created further impediments to thousands of Indigenous peoples who are doing plenty.
The question of repatriating objects is clearly more complex than returning human remains. It needs more debate, and more creative interventions to move beyond the current impasse.
Why, despite substantial spending, do serious difficulties continue to plague efforts to improve Indigenous wellbeing?
There is a deep connection between past and present in Indigenous affairs in Australia.
The ABC has missed a rare opportunity to deeply engage with the diversity of views among Indigenous Australians about whether and how they should be 'recognised' in the Constitution.
Indigenous peoples live in societies where their sense of cultural worth is constantly undermined.
For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
The longer the process of recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution goes on, the more debate is likely to split and fracture.
What the Northern Territory's experience with state interventions reveals is that rather than protecting young people, it has placed them at greater risk of mistreatment and trauma.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.
Ever since British settlement, water rights in Australia's north have favoured landowners over traditional owners, effectively locking Aboriginal people out of agricultural development.
The accomplishments of successful royal commissions flow not just from strong findings and recommendations but from intelligent procedure.
The ALRC report made some useful recommendations about how settler law could deal more fairly with Aboriginal people by taking their traditions and customs into account.
Media reporting and policies almost always tend to focus on what is wrong with Indigenous Australians. This is having unintended consequences.