Indigenous Australians and the mining industry need each other

Indigenous people and the minerals industry actually want the same thing. We can sharpen our engagement model to achieve it. [Read more…]

The power of independent schooling

Independent schools have a lot to be proud of and can use their voice and influence to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians and for Australia as a whole. [Read more…]

Indigenous people and the future minerals industry workforce

The questions and answers on the future workforce and economic development are the same for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It’s not CSR. It’s business. [Read more…]

Creating job opportunities for Indigenous Australians

The critical question isn’t how to create more job opportunities for Indigenous people but how they take up the opportunities already there. [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…]

A deal too good to be true

Home ownership is a key part of personal wealth accumulation. There are considerable barriers to home ownership on remote Indigenous lands. Legal and title constraints are only the beginning. [Read more…]

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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Self-determination is a mindset, not a gift

There’s never been a better time to be a young Indigenous Australian. This is the message we should impart to our youth, one of positivity and hope. And Indigenous leaders should model that message in our own conduct and language. [Read more…]

Get the rules right

The Indigenous Advancement Policy needs critical refinements. The new government must move away from the mission manager mentality and fully embrace a genuine commercial framework. [Read more…]

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…]