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Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Nicholas Biddle Australian National University At first glance, the most recent review of government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians is quite staggering. It estimates that direct expenditure was A$33.4 billion, an increase of around 23.7% since the first report in 2008-09 (taking into account inflation). This equates to A$44,886 per Aboriginal and […]

October 28th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Memories & massacres.

Memories & massacres.

Henry Reynolds. From John Menadue’s blog, Pearls & Irritations, 10 July 2017. The release by Newcastle University’s Centre for 21st Century Humanities of a map of colonial frontier massacres has attracted a burst of media attention. It draws national interest back to those questions that were highlighted during the history wars of a decade and more […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Indigenous Issues | Read More »

We can make our society fair.

We can make our society fair.

Peter Whiting. The new minimum wage rate has come into effect on 1 July. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently announced an increase of $18.29/hour, or approximately 3.3%. Inevitably, the decision failed to satisfy any of the vested parties within the Australian Industry Group representing employers seeking to limit the increase to $10.10/hour, citing weak […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Diana Perche UNSW. Ten years ago this month, the then prime minister, John Howard, and his Indigenous affairs minister, Mal Brough, launched the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) into remote Indigenous communities. With no warning, and no consultation, the federal government moved swiftly to seize control of many aspects of the daily lives of residents […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bishop Vincent Long launches Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence. A Memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Therese & Jim D’Orsa More than 200 people at the Knox Centre in Melbourne on 1 June heard Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, now of Parramatta Diocese, launch this striking […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Bonded through tragedy united in hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s struggle for independence, a memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2017). Reviewed by Rowan Ireland. Australian Catholic bishop, Hilton Deakin, now aged 84, has given us a remarkable memoir. It was produced over several years, with the […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

After Uluru, we must focus on a treaty ahead of constitutional recognition.

After Uluru, we must focus on a treaty ahead of constitutional recognition.

A treaty would be an agreement rather like that of host and guest, with rights & responsibilities for each party. AAP/Joel Carrett Gaynor Macdonald, University of Sydney The Indigenous National Constitutional Convention concluded with the Uluru Statement. In contrast to the political expectation that it would simply support symbolic recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian […]

June 1st, 2017 | Posted in Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

Sherry Balcombe Coordinator Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Thornbury Victoria Our National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, with the assistance of the Australian Bishops’ Conference,  in a video message, requested a blessing from Pope Francis. Recorded in Alice Springs, the video features people present at Blatherskite Park in 1986. These people experienced first-hand the impact […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world.

Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world.

Bruce Duncan. Not only have Australians been shocked by the cruel behaviour against Indigenous children in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre in the Northern Territory, but also images from the Four Corners program have stunned TV audiences around the world. How could children be subject to such appalling treatment in government institutions? Some 97 percent […]

August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

An election campaign in Reconciliation Week? Amid silence on Indigenous affairs, here’s what must be done.

An election campaign in Reconciliation Week? Amid silence on Indigenous affairs, here’s what must be done.

Jon Altman, Deakin University For the first time a federal election campaign is coinciding with National Reconciliation Week – May 27 to June 3. One hopes this coincidence might spark some serious policy focus on Indigenous affairs. So far, it has been notably absent during the early weeks of the long election campaign. No room […]

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »