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All Indigenous Affairs Publications

  • INTERVIEW: Defence and Indigenous Reconciliation

    Andrew Gallaway, Lisa Jackson Pulver, Ray Rosendale, Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe | 08 Sep 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe speaks to Colonel Andrew Gallaway, Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, and Group Captain Lisa Jackson...

  • Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately...

  • The Right to the Good Life: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

    Marcia Langton | 01 Oct 2013 | Occasional Papers

    Indigenous students should be treated not as incommensurately different but like all other students who are required to become...

  • FEATURE: Reconciling Culture and Advancement

    Alison Anderson | 25 Feb 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    This is the address and reply by Alison Anderson, NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement, to the NT Legislative Assembly...

  • FEATURE: Enabling Indigenous Prosperity

    Sara Hudson | 25 Feb 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    Indigenous prosperity on Indigenous lands is possible only when we stop treating Aboriginal people as inherently different.

  • Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2013 | Policy Monographs

    High Indigenous incarceration has elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal...

  • Sustainability of Indigenous Communities

    Ron Staples, Sara Hudson, Wesley Aird | 20 Dec 2012 | Occasional Papers

    Social indicators of Indigenous disadvantage prove that the orthodox methods of delivering services to Indigenous people...

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy....

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    Jessica Brown | 28 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities,...

  • NSW Community Discussion Paper: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 23 Mar 2012 | Submissions

    By ending the raft of current discriminatory, costly and ineffective Indigenous education policies, the New South Wales Coalition...

  • Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-changed

    Sara Hudson | 21 Mar 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have been short changed. They have not only been provided with charlatan training but also...

  • FEATURE: How to Make Real Progress in Closing the Gap

    Ross Farrelly | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Randomised trials can help determine policies that can work in Indigenous affairs.

  • Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 18 Nov 2011 | Submissions

    Australia has a serious problem in low participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic backgrounds....

  • Submission to Remote Participation and Employment Servicing Arrangements

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 11 Oct 2011 | Submissions

    The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes...

  • FEATURE: One Disease at a Time: Eradicating Scabies in East Arnhem Land

    Sara Hudson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Inspirational leadership can make a difference to Aboriginal health.

  • Alcohol Restrictions in Indigenous Communities and Frontier Towns

    Sara Hudson | 06 Apr 2011 | Policy Monographs

    The double standards applied to the enforcement of liquor legislation have contributed to the alcohol problems present in...

  • Submission to the Indigenous Sub-committee of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services Provision. 2011

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2011 | Submissions

    Submission to the Indigenous Sub-committee of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services Provision. 2011 Overcoming...

  • FaHCSIA Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like mainstream Australian towns....

  • Submission to Indigenous Home Ownership Issues Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Sara Hudson | 15 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Part 1 of this submission shows that incorrect data and lack of analysis on Indigenous home ownership continues to mislead...

  • FEATURE: Living in Two Worlds—Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in Aboriginal Life

    Sara Hudson | 14 Dec 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The Jewish people offer a guide to how a distinct Aboriginal cultural identity can be maintained in the modern world.

  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2010 | Submissions

    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous...

  • Private Housing on Indigenous Lands

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Nov 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Legislation and programs to introduce private housing and businesses on Indigenous land are flawed. Tenure of Indigenous...

  • Healthy Stores, Healthy Communities: The Impact of Outback Stores on Remote Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government’s initiative to improve remote community stores is crowding out the competition and not delivering...

  • Indigenous Education 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 20 Apr 2010 | Policy Monographs

    The 2009 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests confirm the continued failure of Indigenous education. The government's 'closing...

  • Indigenous Employment, Unemployment and Labour Force Participation: Facts for Evidence Based Policies

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 Feb 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Professor Helen Hughes, Senior Research Fellow at the CIS and Mark Hughes highlight that Indigenous non-labour force participation...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Up from the Mission: Selected writings

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Up from the Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson (Black Inc, 2009).

  • FEATURE: Shopping for Health

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving health conditions in remote Indigenous communities depdends on better stores. Often the local store is the only...

  • Closing the Accountability Gap: The First Step Towards Better Indigenous Health

    Sara Hudson | 03 Dec 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Sara Hudson argues that the untargeted nature of government spending in indigenous health means that it is difficult to know...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Working Towards Liberation

    Joe Lane | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The divided Indigenous intelligentsia is a poor guide to the problems and possibilities of Indigenous Life in Australia.

  • New Inquiry — Remote Community Stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities 2009

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jul 2009 | Submissions

    Communities in the Northern Territory and in other native title areas need to have private property rights if they are to...

  • Indigenous Participation in University Education

    Joe Lane | 27 May 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s use of race-based ‘average’ educational performance measures denigrates Indigenous achievement, ignoring...

  • Revisiting Indigenous Education

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Apr 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in remote communities must not be viewed as ‘different’ from other Australian...

  • From Rhetoric to Reality: Can 99-year Leases Lead to Homeownership for Indigenous Communities?

    Sara Hudson | 05 Mar 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The lack of private property rights on communal title land has prevented Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders from becoming...

  • OPINION: Out With the Old: Are the CDEP Reforms Enough?

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Indigenous Australians in remote communities work-ready requires much more than changes to CDEP.

  • CDEP: Help or Hindrance? The Community Development Employment Program and its Impact on Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jul 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Established more than thirty years ago, the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program has expanded to range...

  • Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 07 Apr 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The causes of failing education—inequitable school facilities, inappropriate curriculums, and inadequate teaching—in...

  • Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities 2008

    Sara Hudson | 20 Mar 2008 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities 2008. The findings of this research...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Divided Nation? Indigenous Affairs and the Imagined Public

    Kirsten Storry | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Divided Nation? Indigenous Affairs and The Imagined Public by Kirsten Storry (Melbourne University Press, 2007).

  • Kava and after in the Nhulunbuy (Gulf of Carpenteria) Hinterland

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 08 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Ending kava sales will have positive effects only if the factors that make the Nhulunbuy hinterland dysfunctional are tackled....

  • Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | Special Publications

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence Against Women and Children

    Kirsten Storry | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence Against Women and Children by Louis Nowra (Pluto Press, 2007).

  • What Is Working in Good Schools in Remote Indigenous Communities?

    Kirsten Storry | 04 Apr 2007 | Issue Analysis

    School‑side and community‑side interventions with which good schools are trying to break the cycle of low attendance,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Aboriginal Affairs 1967-2005: Seeking a Solution

    Kirsten Storry | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Aboriginal Affairs 1967-2005: Seeking a Solution by Max Griffiths (Rosenberg Press, 2006).

  • Indigenous Governance At the Crossroads: The Way Forward

    John Cleary | 29 Nov 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Under the current local government framework, there are too many layers of government in remote Indigenous communities, resulting...

  • Tackling Literacy in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    Kirsten Storry | 31 Aug 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Literacy rates among children and adults in remote Aboriginal communities are appallingly low, and cannot be reversed without...

  • School Autonomy: A Key Reform for Improving Indigenous Education

    Julie Novak | 21 Jun 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The government school model is failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and urgently needs reform. School...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2005

    Gaurav Sodhi | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2005: a Productivity Commission, 2005.

  • Education and Learning in an Aboriginal Community

    Veronica Cleary | 06 Dec 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The principal reason why so many Aboriginal people are unable to find jobs is that children in remote areas, such as the...

  • Welfare Reform and Economic Development for Indigenous Communities

    Noel Pearson | 25 Oct 2005 | Occasional Papers

    Noel Pearson's lecture is to set out a case for a comprehensive reform agenda in Cape York Peninsula.

  • The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | Issue Analysis

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes,...

  • Lessons from the Tiwi Islands: The Need for Radical Improvement in Remote Aboriginal Communities

    John Cleary | 24 May 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The governance structures created during the last 30 years for remote Aboriginal communities are so dysfunctional that the...

  • A New Deal for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Remote Communities

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jenness Warin | 01 Mar 2005 | Issue Analysis

    A New Deal for Aborigines: Private property rights, educational reform, health care privatisation, and the application of...

  • INTERVIEW: Life and Death in Baniyala

    Jenness Warin | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Jenness Warin speaks to Djambawa Marawili about the state of education, welfare and health for Australia's indigenous peoples,...

  • FEATURE: A Future For Indigenous Youth

    Bob Beadman | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    There are ways of saving young Indigenous Australians from disaster.

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change (CD ROM)

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | Special Publications

    A CD version of a major report that finds Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for...

  • COMMENT: Beyond Wik- Making Native Title Work

    Paul D'Arcy | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia is challenged with the difficult tasks of putting in place a legal framework which firmly recognises and defines...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Past Wrongs, Future Rights

    Alastair Pope | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Past Wrongs, Future Rights by Michael Warby (Tasman Institute, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Human Wrongs of Indigenous Rights

    Alastair Pope | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Human Wrongs of Indigenous Rights by Ron Brunton (IPA Backgrounder, Insitute of Public Affairs, 1997.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: After Mabo

    Jacob Levy | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Mabo: The Native Title Legislation edited by M. A. Stephenson (University of Queensland Press, 1995.)

  • COMMENT: The Value of Property Rights: A Rejoinder to Bradshaw & Ewing

    Jacob Levy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The value of property rights lies in their ability to coordinate plans, and to allow resources to be used or conserved in...

  • COMMENT: Reconciliation and Resources: Mineral Rights and Aboriginal Land Rights As Property Rights

    Geoffrey Ewing | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Comment on Jacob T. Levy's Reconciliation and Resources.

  • COMMENT: Further Comment on Reconciliation and Resources: Mineral Rights and Aboriginal Land Rights as Property Rights

    Richard Bradshaw | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Further comments on Jacob T. Levy's Reconciliation and Resources.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Mabo: A Judicial Revolution

    William J. Stacey | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Mabo: A Judicial Revolution- The Aboriginal Land Rights Decision and Its Impact on Australian Law edited by M.A. Stephenson...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Black Suffering, White Guilt

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Black Suffering, White Guilt? by Ron Brunton (Institute of Public Affairs, 1993.)

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: Crimes of 'Racist Violence'

    Desmond Fagan | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The report of the National Inquiry into racist violent in Australia.

  • FEATURE: Ending Aboriginal Poverty

    David Pollard | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Aboriginal self-determination and land rights policies have done nothing to stem the growth in Aboriginal unemployment that...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Failure of Aboriginal Affairs Policy

    Fred Gruen | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Give and Take: The Losing Partnernship In Aboriginal Poverty by David Pollard (Hale and Iremonger, 1988.)