A polar bear suns herself on an ice floe on Baffin Bay in Nunavut.
The Inuit town of Clyde River has won a long battle to stop Arctic seismic testing. The Supreme Court ruled the Inuit weren't adequately consulted. What does that mean for future consultations?
The Referendum Council contends there should be a place for Indigenous voices in Australia’s Constitution.
AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones
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.
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.
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 way ahead for giving Indigenous Australians an appropriate place in the Constitution is problematic.
Lucy Hughes Jones/AAP
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.
AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones
Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
At a demonstration, Faith Bandler (right) and her daughter Lilon (2R) appeal to national unity as grounds for constitutional amendment.
Aboriginal Studies Press
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.
Almost half of the participants in the Cashless Welfare Card trial said it had made their lives worse.
It’s a mystery why another trial of the Cashless Debit Card is necessary – particularly given how it has led to further economic and social harm among its participants.
Paul Keating recognised the significant opportunities – and political risks – the High Court’s Mabo decision presented.
National Archives of Australia
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.
Indigenous Australians have always done plenty to try to improve their lives.
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.
Official data continues to record substantial failures in improving the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
Why, despite substantial spending, do serious difficulties continue to plague efforts to improve Indigenous wellbeing?
Rose and Groote Eylandters Nertichunga, Machana and Nabia, Groote Eylandt, 1941.
Courtesy of SLNSW, Frederick Rose papers, Box 5
The book Red Professor: the Cold War Life of Fred Rose tells of a progressive anthropologist who was stymied by non-Indigenous people in powerful positions. Sadly, it's a narrative that still resonates today.
The Yawuru Wellbeing Survey highlights the integral role of connectedness in Yawuru having
mabu liyan as the key to a good life.
John Puertollano, used with permission
How we think about wellbeing depends on where we come from, who we are and our experiences and aspirations. One study took account of this by involving Yawuru people in every aspect of the research.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, speaking on Q&A, August 29, 2016.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, told Q&A that $30 billion is spent every year on 500,000 Indigenous people in Australia. Is that right?
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.
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
A lack of differences in major policy areas such as agriculture and trade means local project funding – for roads, boat ramps and the like – reinforces the adage ‘all politics is local’.
On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
Australia has rejected self-determination as being fundamental to Indigenous humanness and development.
Public policy no longer requires the imprimatur of the Aboriginal people; Aboriginal participation in the decisions taken about their lives is negligible.