Culture, critical thinking and choice

We can no longer just listen to the opinion of one Aboriginal person or persons of Aboriginal descent from somewhere in Sydney or any southern city and apply that to the circumstances of all Aboriginal people.
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It’s the economy, stupid.

The problem for remote Indigenous communities isn’t remoteness. It’s lack of economic participation by the people who live in them. Social breakdown is inevitable when families don’t participate in the real economy for generations, whether their community has 300 or 3 million people.  [Read more…]

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Enough with the excuses

I’ve come to the conclusion people who make excuses don’t want to close the gap. The status of Indigenous people as victims suits their nihilistic narrative. The gap exists because of low economic participation. Governments must unapologetically focus on economic participation through school attendance, jobs and business. [Read more…]

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Step out of the cage

Two mindsets are battling for the hearts and minds of Aboriginal people. One of victimhood that focuses on the wrongs of the past and racism. The other that we can decide our own path.

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Indigenous Australians mean business

Business isn’t about abandoning culture. It’s about expanding our cultures. Embracing new things and making them our own. People who say business means assimilation perpetuate the myth of the noble savage. [Read more…]

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Get the priorities right

There’s a complete disconnect between the national public dialogue on Indigenous affairs and the priorities of most Indigenous Australians. [Read more…]

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Labor letting its Indigenous legacy die

Labor’s greatest ever achievement for Aboriginal people was passing the Native Title Act in 1993. Not passing these amendments means it may as well not have bothered. Labor is allowing its own legacy to curl up and die. [Read more…]

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Children’s interests must always come first

In the future another generation of Indigenous people will deserve an apology from government, not for removing them but for failing to protect them. [Read more…]

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This is the story of a people…

Israel and the global Jewish diaspora are proof that a nation of people can suffer the worst life can dish up and not only survive, but thrive. [Read more…]

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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…]

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