Deal with crime and the rest will follow

Incarceration rates are a symptom of more fundamental problems. Focus on these and the rest will follow. [Read more…]

If you care about poverty, support welfare to work

No government, organisation or person who claims to care about inequality can stand by and accept people languishing in poverty and disadvantage. And that’s what welfare dependence is. [Read more…]

We must stand up against Indigenous family violence

Four Corners’ expose on Don Dale Detention Centre triggered national outcry. Systemic violence against Indigenous women barely rates a mention.

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Commerce, not charity, will close the gap

Only economic development can lift people out of poverty and disadvantage. The good news is economic opportunities are opening up for Indigenous people like never before. [Read more…]

Closing the Gap – It’s the economy, stupid

We need an economic strategy for Indigenous people built around an educated workforce, employment in real jobs & small business entrepreneurialism. Not around welfare & government dependency. [Read more…]

Empower communities with skills and jobs

Commerce and economic development are the only way to close the gap and enable Indigenous communities and cultures to survive and thrive into the future.  [Read more…]

The First Tree – Examining the Indigenous education landscape

There is no reason for Indigenous children to miss out on education that other Australian children take as a given. It’s not up to “someone” to do “something”. It’s up to us. [Read more…]

When insanity prevails

It’s said that insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. To me this sums up the last 40 years of Indigenous affairs.  [Read more…]

Improving Indigenous employment in remote Australia

Executive Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce speaks on the Budget and on employment in remote Australia [Read more…]

Congress Lowitja 2014 – The Future of Indigenous Health

It’s not about the size of the department or how many there are or whether we have a dedicated Minister for Indigenous Health. It’s about the outcomes for Indigenous people. [Read more…]