• Ken Wyatt and the challenge ahead

    Eddie Synot     |      June 3, 2019

    While the new minister for Indigenous Australians has the chance to make a real difference, unrealistic expectations should be tempered as real change will take an effort from not just the whole government, but the entire nation.

  • Closing the gap in the Indigenous business sector

    Michelle Evans     |      June 1, 2019

    The Indigenous business sector has seen huge growth in recent years, but there are large gaps that still need to be addressed by better and more targeted public policy.

  • Backing the strengths of young indigenous people

    Sandra Eades     |      March 18, 2019

    Aboriginal youth know who they are and where they want to go, and we need to use these strengths if we are to close the health and employment gap between Australia’s disparate populations.

  • Art helps us see when we don’t want to look

    Andrew Trounson     |      December 27, 2018

    Australia’s under appreciated colonial art is a window to the past that can help us understand the fraught and violent history of settlement.

  • Closing the gap – or widening the gulf?

    Open Forum     |      December 18, 2018

    The mixed impact of the ‘intervention’ suggests that grassroots solutions driven by the communities concerned, rather than top-down measures imposed from above, are the best way to tackle ongoing problems in Australia’s indigenous communities.

  • Preserving the power of ancient Indigenous oral traditions

    Open Forum     |      November 23, 2018

    The Monash Country Lines Archive is an animation program that records stories in Indigenous languages which are often threatened with extinction.

  • Learning in the homelands

    Bernadette Murphy     |      November 8, 2018

    In the Indigenous Homelands of East Arnhem Land, pre-service teachers are learning the value of place and listening.

  • The ‘great Australian silence’ 50 years on

    Anna Clark     |      August 5, 2018

    It’s 50 years since the anthropologist WEH Stanner gave the 1968 Boyer Lectures — a watershed moment for Australian history. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its very collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting, which couldn’t “be explained by absent mindedness”.

  • Indigenous Australians hit by chronic disease

    Open Forum     |      July 3, 2018

    Indigenous Australians are 2.6 times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have two or more chronic health conditions, according to NSW research. The authors analysed data from almost 5.5 million people and say the difference explains much of the difference in life expectancy.

  • Duty and honour at the heart of Indigenous recognition

    Kirsty Gover     |      June 23, 2018

    We need to put ourselves in Indigenous shoes and realise their request to influence decisions which affect them is entirely reasonable.

  • It’s time to close the gap for good

    Christine Craik     |      March 16, 2018

    Christine Craik, President of The Australian Association of Social Workers, calls for significant and immediate action to address the entrenched inequality and disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on National Close the Gap Day.

  • It’s time for an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      February 21, 2018

    For governments indigenous health continues to be an intractable policy problem. Author of ‘Indigeneity – a politics of potential’ Dominic O’Sullivan considers the proposal of an Indigenous Health Purchasing Authority.