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.
The conversation about constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples presents us with an opportunity to establish some bipartisan consensus in Indigenous affairs.
Local town camp residents and their guests can spend pretty well as much time as they like drinking in the town's many bars and clubs.
People are not inspired to make choices by plans and analysis. They are inspired by story of the possible that is relevant to them.