The proposals Abbott has pushed as envoy - more police in Indigenous communities and learning in English - demonstrates his ignorance and unsuitability for the job.
The final report on constitutional recognition is disappointing in many respects, but Labor's pledge to establish a First Nations voice will give many in the community hope.
Reconciliation between the Settler and First Nations populations is a self-evident prerequisite for Australia cutting the ties of colonial dependency with Britain to stand on our own.
To finally succeed, the idea of an Indigenous voice to parliament must be argued as one that is fundamentally democratic.
2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
Despite its dubious ancestry, the popular vote on same-sex marriage has done its job, delivering an overall majority and majorities in all states and territories.
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.
Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The government has rejected the Referendum Council's call for a national Indigenous representative assembly to be put into the Constitution.
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.
Despite the promise of Black Lives Matter, it has not been taken up as a central political movement by Indigenous Australians.
Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
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.
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Matt Canavan tells The Conversation this mine is only one part of a plan for 'opening up the Galilee Basin' to provide investment opportunities, exports, and employment.
At the same time as it’s become clear that Indigenous people won't accept a limited change, the right in Australian politics has become more determined to oppose any amendment.
Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
At Uluru, Indigenous representatives from across Australia will aim to reach consensus on what constitutional recognition means to them.
The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it.
Guaranteed representation reduces the distance between policymakers and the people for whom policy is made.