Flannery said that in any other war, Australia's Aborigines 'would have been awarded the Victoria Cross' but the Australian War Memorial in Canberra does not even acknowledge them.
How does training an Indigenous elite advantage the majority?
What few of them heard was the postscript to Rudd's apology. 'I want to be blunt about this,' he said. 'There will be no compensation.'
It's only by switching off 'auto pilot' policy-making – and working with new and pragmatic indigenous leadership - can indigenous and non-indigenous Australia arrive at a better location.
In SA there is no evidence for many of the claims made of systematic government ill-treatment of Aborigines.
The record shows a long list of failed 'ations': pacification, segregation, protection-segregation, assimilation, integration...
Suppressing these truths, while venerating Australia's servile role in the colonial wars of Britain and the US, has almost cult status in Canberra today.
Taken at face value the increase in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait population far exceeds the fertility rate. How can this be?
As the dust starts to settle and Australia reflects on the outcomes of the recent federal election, many Aboriginal people have growing concerns over Tony Abbott’s new Indigenous Advisory Council.
The NATSISS looks at Aboriginal issues as problems rather than looking for solutions.
Since the determination some are now asking will recognition be enough and how will it or can it provide sustainable outcomes for the future Gunggari generations?
The irrigation and farming lobbies have fought hard to resist Federal Government buy-backs for environmental flows. It's hard to imagine them embracing the idea of dedicated allocations for Indigenous communities.