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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Disrupting Indigenous affairs

Disruptive innovation is not an optional extra when it comes to Indigenous affairs. [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…]

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…]

2016 Closing the Gap Report released

2016 Closing the Gap Report released. [Read more…]