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Australian Aboriginal school kids treated like rubbish


Walgett Community High and Moree East Public are the schools that bureaucracies forgot, in physically deplorable condition and battling the pathogen of low expectations from all quarters. By NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s own admission, the schools have been failed from the top by hulking institutions run from Sydney that swept them out of sight, … Continue reading

Australia’s Aborigines blame racism for poor health standards


This week, the Australian government launched its new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. As with all such plans, much depends on how it is implemented. With the details of how it is to be turned into meaningful action yet to be worked out, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and … Continue reading

Australian Aboriginal land rights law is a failure


The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act was a “substantial failure” with a backlog of claims that would take 57 years to clear, a review of the 30-year-old legislation has found. A review headed by former Federal Court judge Trevor Morling QC found the act needed to be overhauled to help indigenous Australians obtain economic independence. … Continue reading

Australian Aboriginals blast indigenous job scheme as “token gesture”


Aboriginal elder Dennis Foley has blasted the federal government’s Indigenous Economic Development Strategy, claiming that employing indigenous people in the public sector is not indigenous economic development. The University of Newcastle professor told a national small business forum in Sydney Aboriginal entrepreneurs were the biggest employers of Aborigines and that government needed to move beyond … Continue reading

Australia to have referendum to recognise Aboriginals


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday used the 50th anniversary of the indigenous land rights movement to pledge a referendum on recognising the country’s Aborigines in the constitution if Labor is re-elected. His predecessor Julia Gillard shelved a plan to hold a vote this parliamentary term, citing low public support, but Rudd made clear … Continue reading

Australian plan to remove neglected Aboriginal children from parents


The Northern Territory‘s plan to send neglected Indigenous children into adoptive homes has sparked fears of creating another Stolen Generation. The Northern Territory government has sparked fears of creating another Stolen Generation, following a plan outlined to send neglected Indigenous children into adoptive homes. Chief Minister Adam Giles has told News Limited, previous governments have … Continue reading

Australia must improve performance on indigenous education


Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett will today demand that the states and territories dramatically lift their game on indigenous education, warning that they are not on track to meet their Closing the Gap targets. Mr Garrett will use the education ministers’ meeting in Sydney to call on states and territories to improve their performance … Continue reading

Aboriginal recognition bill passes lower house in Australia


Parliament has taken another stride toward reconciliation on the fifth anniversary of the national apology to the stolen generation, as campaigners urged MPs on both sides not to give up. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott put aside politics on Wednesday as the lower house passed legislation to create an Act of … Continue reading

Australian private sector closing jobs gap as indigenous work rises


Bold policies to close the gap between black and white Australia in employment are working, with new data revealing that employment growth for Aborigines has increased dramatically, mainly in remote areas via the private sector. A paper to be released by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University offers the … Continue reading

Indigenous culture, but not at all costs, says Australian Child Protection Commissioner


The need to maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture should not override a child’s ability to move into the mainstream, Queensland’s Child Protection Commissioner says. Examining the significant over-presentation of indigenous children under state care, former Crime Commissioner and Family Court judge Tim Carmody said it was important that specific indigenous and wider social … Continue reading

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