Indigenous Affairs

July 2017

Referendum Council recommends only “modest” Indigenous consultation body – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Referendum Council has recommended that just one key question should be taken to a potential referendum to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a place in Australia’s Constitution.

Indigenous recognition – another issue Australian politics can’t solve – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Referendum Council’s “modest” (their word) recommendation for an Indigenous advisory body to parliament and nothing else by way of constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples is symptomatic of the current disarray and dysfunction of Australian politics when it comes to big issues.

October 2016

Essential Research – October 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Essential Research weekly poll published Tuesday 18 October showed Labor’s lead on the two-party preferred calculation increasing to 52 to 48 per cent.

September 2016

Bernardi refuses to back down on Racial Discrimination Act changes – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Discrimination, Indigenous Affairs,

South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi says he will not be “dissuaded” from his attempts to rewrite section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

August 2016

Indigenous constitutional recognition at risk of stalling – August 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics,

As planning for a national plebiscite on constitutional recognition seems to be bogged down, a parallel debate has developed on the need for a more concrete treaty with the first Australians.

Indigenous juvenile detention royal commission hits early obstacle – August 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Discrimination, Indigenous Affairs, Politics,

The Government’s rapid response to revelations of children being brutalised in a Northern Territory juvenile detention facility have unravelled almost as quickly.

June 2016

Labor’s Indigenous health policy – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Health, Indigenous Affairs,

ALP leader Bill Shorten says a Labor government after July 2 will make a major commitment to preventive health strategies for Indigenous Australians.

May 2016

ALP announces funds for Indigenous education – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Education, Indigenous Affairs,

Bill Shorten says a Labor government will invest an additional $100 million to support Indigenous students to succeed at school, and boost the number of Indigenous teachers.

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget 2016 - Domestic Violence

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics, Budget, Social and Community,

Federal budget funding increase of just $33 million a year for three years to address violence against women and children will have devastating and dangerous consequences for those affected by family violence, Fair Agenda has warned.

December 2015

Focus on what is working in addressing indigenous disadvantage – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

Australian Governments need to devote more resources to determining which programs aimed at addressing indigenous disadvantage are working, the Productivity Commission has said in a report.

September 2015

Parliamentary Committees – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education, Indigenous Affairs,

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs has established a new Inquiry into educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.

Two Northern Territory native titles determined – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

Two native title determinations affecting more than 20,000 square kilometres in the Pilbara region have been announced by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Political Calendar – Week ending Friday 28 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Elections, Tax, Trade Unions,

Parliament is in the middle of a two week recess and will resume on Monday 7 September for a two week sitting.

August 2015

New draft guidelines for Indigenous consultation – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Mining, Environment, Indigenous Affairs,

The Environment Department has published a draft set of guidelines which aims to improve how proponents engage and consult Indigenous people during the environmental assessment process.

June 2015

Indigenous health outcomes improving - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Health, Indigenous Affairs,

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has published the latest progress report on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – the fifth in a series published every two years.

April 2015

New measures to support Indigenous business and employment – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

The Commonwealth Government has announced two new measures to significantly increase the development and growth of Indigenous businesses and employment.

February 2015

Closing the Gap report shows patchy progress – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in the annual Closing the Gap report to Parliament, said that improving the lives of Australia’s first people was a challenge beyond partisan politics.

September 2014

Clear timetable for constitutional referendum soon, says PM - September 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Government will define a timeframe for a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within weeks.

June 2014

Indigenous Affairs: Government’s steps towards constitutional recognition - 20 June 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

The ‘Recognise’ campaign, funded by the Government to help build awareness and support across the community for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had almost 189,000 registered supporters by last month.

Indigenous Affairs: Native title bodies to be reviewed - 6 June 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Indigenous Affairs,

An independent review has highlighted the need for strong native title holding bodies that are able to maximise the potential for social and economic development for Indigenous people.

May 2014

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS: Minister and Chair disagree over future of indigenous bodies

Filed under: Indigenous Affairs,

The Federal Government has released the report it commissioned from Ernst & Young to review the operations of the Indigenous Land Corporation and Indigenous Business Australia.

April 2014

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS: Advisory Council considers school attendance measures

Filed under: Education, Indigenous Affairs,

The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council has been pleased by the rate of progress in implementing the Remote School Attendance Strategy.