While the new minister has the chance to make a real difference, unrealistic expectations of him should be tempered- real change will take not just the whole government, but the nation.
Indigenous procurement policies are kicking goals, but who for?
There is little reason to think changes made to the Closing the Gap targets and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives will have much of an impact.
Some targets seem easier to meet than others, while some are just plain unreliable. Here are four things we've learnt from the last decade of Closing the Gap policy.
The NDIS has good intentions, but its design doesn't seem to support the unique needs of Indigenous people living with a disability, particularly if they're living in remote communities.
Governments have relied on a series of employment programs to tackle the employment gap, but these have not yielded positive outcomes.
Most book clubs are white and middle-class. Even today, books and reading can presume a divide between Indigenous oral story-telling and non-Indigenous literacy.
What may appear to be slow progress or steady outcomes for the whole Indigenous population may be masking worsening results.
Decent housing underpins the Closing the Gap goals, with a decade-long national remote housing program having made measurable progress. If the Commonwealth pulls out now, hard-won gains could be lost.
Michelle Grattan sits down with Deep Saini to review the week in politics.
A greater focus on education in all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life would advance tangible and sustainable change.
Australia is on track to meet its 'Closing the Gap' employment target, but more than a decade late.
Care needs to be taken in interpreting progress on closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and ascribing it to actual policy change.
The failed and continually failing political leadership on respect, relationships and reconciliation sets back the quality of current and future education for all Australians.
Politicians make sweeping statements on how to close the gap. But here's advice from people working directly with Indigenous communities who have evidence for what actually works.
The tenth Closing the Gap report shows only three of the seven targets are on track to be met.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
To Close the Gap, Indigenous Australians are the experts. Indigenous organisations are more likely to achieve outcomes because they understand local issues and have ‘skin in the game’.
The latest census data reveals valuable insights into Closing the Gap targets. While there's some improvement in school attendance rates, all other indicators suggest a radical rethink is required.
Looking past the headline Census figures, we see divergences between rural and urban Indigenous populations, and the young and old.