Tag: indigenous Australians

State Government Frozen on Ice Inquiry

Experts say Indigenous communities are paying the price for the New South Wales (NSW) government’s delayed response to the drug inquiry into the ice epidemic in the state, two and a half years after it was delivered. The commissioner who led the inquiry, Prof. Dan Howard, said he was distressed by the effects of the…


Northern Territory Voids $70 Million Remote Communities Rental Debt After Houses Found Not Habitable

The Northern Territory government has cancelled almost $70 million (US448.8 million) in rental debt for remote Indigenous communities amid allegations the housing is not up to scratch. Treasurer Eva Lawler, in late June, scrapped the debt following court action by Aboriginal residents at Laramba and Santa Teresa in central Australia, near Alice Springs, not-for-profit litigators…


Virtue Signaling Won’t Solve Problems Faced by Indigenous Community: NT Senator

An Indigenous senator has called for an end to the “pointless virtue signaling” that she says does nothing to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians. In her maiden speech on July 28, newly-elected Northern Territory Senator Jacinta Price of the Country Liberal Party described Labor’s vow to enshrine a Voice to Parliament as a “virtuous…


Indigenous Australian Musician Archie Roach Dies Aged 66

Celebrated Aboriginal musician Archie Roach has died in hospital aged 66 after a long battle with illness. The Gunditjmara-Bundjalung elder’s death was confirmed in a statement from his sons Amos and Eban Roach, distributed by the late singer’s management agency the Mushroom Group on Saturday. “We are so proud of everything our dad achieved in…


A Voice for Whom?

Commentary The new Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, commenced his election victory speech by declaring: “On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I commit to the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full.” This would involve a “First Nations Voice” entrenched in the Australian Constitution, consisting of a standing body to advice federal Parliament on…


Cancel Culture Comes for One of Australia’s Founding Fathers

Commentary Recently, efforts have been made to “cancel” figures linked to the European settlement of Australia. Statues of Captain James Cook, who discovered and claimed the east coast of the continent in 1770, have been defaced. There has also been vitriol directed at the first governor of the colony of New South Wales, Captain Arthur…


The Indigenous Voice to Parliament Has the Potential to Be Divisive

Commentary Voice. Treaty. Truth. These are the words used to describe the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) main policy for Indigenous Australians. Now that the ALP has claimed power in Canberra after nine years in opposition, it is time to consider what these words mean genuinely. The Labor party policy platform notes a constitutionally enshrined Voice…


The Uluru Statement: Albanese’s Improbable Project

Commentary The new Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, in his first statement in office, committed his government to the implementation in full of the Uluru Statement from the Heart (pdf). The statement calls “for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.” It captures the Indigenous people’s “aspirations for a fair and…


Liberal MP Keen to Return to Education Portfolio to Tackle Woke Agenda

Australian Liberal MP Alan Tudge has expressed his wish to return to the education portfolio as the shadow minister after he raised concerns about the revisionist history portrayed in Australia’s curriculum, declining educational standards and cancel culture on the university campus. Tudge also noted that he “would certainly like to be considered” as the liberal…


Australia’s Labor Party Commits to Closing the Indigenous Health Gap in Latest Election Campaign

Federal Labor has said it will commit to closing the gap on Indigenous Australians’ health outcomes if elected to government on May 21. Launching the election policy the centre-left opposition party announced if elected they would train 500 additional Indigenous health workers, as well as invest in life-saving dialysis and rheumatic heart disease treatments for Aboriginal…