Welfare is state sponsored disadvantage

Everyone who depends on welfare is living in poverty. Poverty isn’t alleviated by giving people money. Poverty is alleviated by people making money; by economic development driven by jobs, education and innovation.

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Social breakdown is the root cause of Don Dale abuse

If governments want fewer Don Dales, then take a tougher stand on school attendance, welfare to work and enabling real economies in Indigenous communities where enterprise can grow. [Read more…]

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Double standards

Beware the intellectual trap that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and communities are somehow different from everybody else and the normal rules and expectations don’t apply. [Read more…]

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Indigenous Accountants crucial for Indigenous futures

To build prosperity from the assets we’ve fought hard to obtain, our communities need people with financial expertise, who know how to manage, sustain and build wealth. We need accountants just as much as lawyers and doctors, if not more. [Read more…]

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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…]

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The welfare poverty net

Poverty comes in different forms and degrees. But the solutions to poverty, of any kind, are the same – education and employment. [Read more…]

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Indigenous education critical for northern development

Indigenous Australians should be the first port of call to meet the demand for labour in Northern Australia  [Read more…]

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The road to Utopia is paved with good intentions

Indigenous poverty doesn’t persist because of racism, “apartheid” or lack of government investment. It persists because we treat Indigenous communities like dependent children and smother them in a bureaucratic mire. Let’s start treating them like adults. [Read more…]

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Talking with Indigenous Youth Leadership Program students about Networking

23 June 2014

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with scholarships at high performing secondary schools and/or university. The program focusses on youth from remote and regional communities.

The program also gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through practical leadership experiences, personal development and mentoring. This week students are attending a 2 day leadership program covering a range of topics.

Elizabeth Henderson, Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, presented to students from the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program on the topic of “Networking 101”.


Elizabeth told students that “Networking 101” is like riding a bike – it looks hard but it doesn’t take long to learn and once you figure it out it’s easy and fun.

She also assured them they already have all the skills they need to make connections. In fact, they’ve been making connections since they were born.

Elizabeth shared her stories and experiences working in the corporate sector and talked about how networks are developed and how they can be valuable.

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Work was central to traditional communities and can be again

When I was young, people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. All kids in remote communities should be able to answer this question.  [Read more…]

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