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Sara Hudson

sara-hudsonSara Hudson is a Research Fellow in the Indigenous Affairs Research Program at The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS). Her research focuses on issues affecting Indigenous Australians, including the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program, Indigenous homeownership, lack of accountability in Indigenous health, remote Indigenous stores, alcohol restrictions, and training for Aboriginal health workers.

Since joining the CIS in 2008, Sara has had numerous articles published in newspapers around the country and interviews on television and radio.

Before joining CIS, Sara worked as a policy adviser for the New Zealand Department of Labour, and in the Evaluation Unit of New Zealand Police. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in criminology and anthropology from Victoria University, Wellington.

Publications by Author

  1. 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.

  2. 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... Read More...

  3. 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... Read More...

  4. 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... Read More...

  5. FEATURE: Ideology and Indigenous Policy

    Sara Hudson | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Biased policies have prevented remote Indigenous Australians from embracing change and moving forward.

  6. 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.... Read More...

  7. 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... Read More...

  8. 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.

  9. 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... Read More...

  10. 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... Read More...

  11. 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.... Read More...

  12. 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... Read More...

  13. 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.

  14. 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... Read More...

  15. 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... Read More...

  16. 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... Read More...

  17. 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).

  18. 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... Read More...

  19. 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... Read More...

  20. 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... Read More...

  21. 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... Read More...

  22. 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.

  23. 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... Read More...

  24. 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... Read More...

Opinion & Commentary by Author

  1. Let’s get serious about tackling indigenous violence

    Sara Hudson | 05 Mar 2013 | The Punch

    For many remote Indigenous people, life is so bad that jail is often a better option.

  2. To get Aborigines out of jail give them education and jobs

    Sara Hudson | 07 Feb 2013 | The Australian

    Rather than continuing to focus on applying 'culturally appropriate' responses to indigenous disadvantage, we should focus... Read More

  3. Progress is possible in remote Aboriginal lands

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jan 2013 | The Australian

    It is possible to make a real difference in remote Aboriginal communities, provided there is genuine commitment and engagement.

  4. The right to drink

    Sara Hudson | 15 Oct 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Not everyone behaves responsibly when consuming alcohol, and some restrictions on alcohol are arguably necessary for a civil... Read More

  5. Better schooling, not uni quotas

    Sara Hudson | 02 Oct 2012 | The Australian

    LARISSA Behrendt's recent report recommends doubling the proportion of indigenous students at universities. Only 1.09 per... Read More

  6. Lack of opportunity leads to poverty on Indigenous lands

    Sara Hudson | 04 Sep 2012 | Online Opinion

    Poverty, underinvestment and mal-investment are an unholy trinity on many First Nations reserves.

  7. Different justice?

    Sara Hudson | 06 Aug 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Treating Aboriginal people differently causes more problems than it solves and sets a dangerous precedence that other ethnic... Read More

  8. APY Lands women say income management ensures kids have enough to eat

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jul 2012 | The Advertiser

    Opinion is divided over the impact of income management on indigenous communities.

  9. What Price friends?

    Sara Hudson | 23 May 2012 | ON LINE Opinion

    Price has been called a puppet because of her support of the intervention, but it is hard to argue with what she wants for... Read More

  10. Literacy problems hidden behind culturally separate careers

    Sara Hudson | 21 Mar 2012 | The Drum

    One of the primary reasons for the problems experienced by AHWs is ambivalence about the need for English literacy and numeracy.... Read More

  11. What price an education?

    Sara Hudson | 14 Mar 2012 | Online Opinion

    Instead of viewing poor academic performance among some Aboriginal children as an Indigenous problem, government should view... Read More

  12. Education crucial to Aboriginal jobs

    Sara Hudson | 02 Feb 2012 | Australian Financial Review

    The problem is not a shortage of jobs in the mining sector. More local Aboriginal people would be employed in mines if they... Read More

  13. An Indigenous program that’s boxing clever

    Sara Hudson | 20 Jan 2012 | The Punch

    At risk Aboriginal youth are given an outlet to build self esteem through a boxing program with Redfern police.

  14. NT intervention: action better than apathy

    Sara Hudson | 28 Nov 2011 | The Drum

    It is hypocritical that the very same people who lament the gross violation of Aboriginal rights carried out under the intervention... Read More

  15. Changing expectations of Aboriginal school attendance

    Sara Hudson | 18 Oct 2011 | The Drum

    If my son wasn't hassled every time he was late to school then he would probably continue to be late. If there were no consequences,... Read More

  16. Degrees of difference

    Sara Hudson | 22 Aug 2011 | Online Opinion

    Many people have taken umbrage at this arguing that having a separate form for some remote communities is an example of 'positive... Read More

  17. Census apartheid: separate form separates a community

    Sara Hudson | 10 Aug 2011 | The Drum

    The use of a separate Census form for some discrete Indigenous communities is not only state-sanctioned apartheid but statistically... Read More

  18. Lands where no one can feel at home

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 25 Jun 2011 | The Australian

    Indigenous ‘community’ a misnomer.

  19. False notions of Indigenous community

    Sara Hudson | 15 Jun 2011 | ABC News

    Indigenous communities are not homogenous.

  20. Bar must be raised to curb pub violence

    Sara Hudson | 07 Jun 2011 | The Newcastle Herald

    Follow NSW and crack down on problem pubs.

  21. Back to six-pack politics

    Sara Hudson | 26 May 2011 | Sydney Morning Herald

    'Wet canteens' have been tried and utterly failed in indigenous communities.

  22. Petty name-calling just adds to polarisation

    Sara Hudson | 12 May 2011 | The Australian

    Increasing polarisation emerges in the aftermath of Larissa Behrendt’s tweet on Bess Price’s support of the NTI.

  23. Apartheid at the local pub

    Sara Hudson | 06 Apr 2011 | The Australian

    Double standards in the responsible service of alcohol have contributed to the growing alcohol problem in remote indigenous... Read More

  24. Education the key to living in two worlds

    Sara Hudson | 08 Mar 2011 | Online Opinion

    Key to the maintenance of a cultural or ethnic identity is the passing on of cultural knowledge and fostering a positive... Read More

  25. Aborigines should be given houses for free

    Sara Hudson | 08 Dec 2010 | The Newcastle Herald

    Indigenous people are locked out of home ownership.

  26. Education is only way out of ghettos

    Sara Hudson | 09 Nov 2010 | The Australian

    Separate schooling is disadvantaging indigenous children in remote communities.

  27. Collective apathy: alcohol and child abuse in the NT

    Sara Hudson | 09 Nov 2010 | ABC News

    What has been tolerated in Aboriginal communities would never have been tolerated in the major cities and towns of Australia.

  28. Little Gungaleeda girl: a preventable tragedy

    Sara Hudson | 01 Sep 2010 | ABC News

    The death of the 'little Gungaleeda girl' is a tragic outcome of poorly resourced medical care in remote Indigenous communities,... Read More

  29. Government doing something for Indigenous people not with them ...

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jun 2010 | Online Opinion

    Without community engagement Outback Stores will be yet another example of government doing something for Indigenous people... Read More

  30. Outback Stores is not the solution

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jun 2010 | The Canberra Times

    Rather than running stores for Indigenous communities, Outback Stores should be empowering residents to run the stores themselves,... Read More

  31. An unhealthy blow to competition

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2010 | The Australian

    Outback Stores risks becoming another example of the government doing something for Indigenous Australians rather than with... Read More

  32. Would-be Indigenous homeowners abandoned

    Sara Hudson | 18 May 2010 | The Australian

    The redirection of funds away from the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land program signals that remote Indigenous Australian’s... Read More

  33. Aborigines hurt by the stereotype of suffering

    Sara Hudson | 12 May 2010 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    The majority of Indigenous Australians don’t need government hand-outs but unfortunately they hardly get any recognition.

  34. Another brick in the wall

    Sara Hudson | 04 Mar 2010 | ABC News

    Public housing cannot remain the only option in Indigenous communities. If residents of remote communities could access some... Read More

  35. Competitive disadvantage is hardly the healthiest option

    Sara Hudson | 02 Jan 2010 | The Australian

    Determining the appropriate level of government responsibility is a vexed issue. Nowhere is this more apparent than in remote... Read More

  36. Where Does all the money go?

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | Open Forum

    One of the reasons why increased funding has failed to make any significant inroads in closing the appalling health ‘gaps’... Read More

  37. Wasting money damages Aboriginal health

    Sara Hudson | 10 Dec 2009 | The Australian

    Public hospital reform wasn't the only issue put on the backburner at this week's Council of Australian Governments meeting... Read More

  38. Hale and hearty, say their parents

    Sara Hudson | 03 Dec 2009 | The Australian

    Ninety-seven per cent of Indigenous children are reported to be in excellent, very good, or good health, but these findings... Read More

  39. A sense of despair at Indigenous housing policy

    Sara Hudson | 12 Nov 2009 | Online Opinion

    Despite billions of dollars being spent, residents of remote communities still don't have enough houses. What houses there... Read More

  40. Environment before people, says Wilderness Society

    Sara Hudson | 06 Aug 2009

    The misanthropic attitude of conservationists was revealed last week when a group of Aboriginal protestors from Cape York... Read More

  41. Statistics obscure the truth

    Sara Hudson | 07 Jul 2009 | The Australian

    The media has been quick to sensationalise the statistics in the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report released last... Read More

  42. Permits will throttle growth towns

    Sara Hudson | 18 Jun 2009 | The Australian

    The Northern Territory government's tourism department recently mounted an advertising campaign encouraging people to ‘make... Read More

  43. Is more money for Alice Springs town camps the answer?

    Sara Hudson | 08 May 2009

    The federal government is offering $125 million to the Alice Spring town camps in an attempt to resolve the deadlock over... Read More

  44. NZ should stay put on UN Indigenous declaration

    Sara Hudson | 13 Apr 2009 | NZCPR

    Recently Prime Minister John Key was caught musing over whether New Zealand should follow Australia’s lead and sign up... Read More

  45. Indigenous people in NT deserve fair go at private homeownership

    Sara Hudson | 29 Mar 2009 | The Straits Times

    On the surface, the recent government decision to provide funding for new public housing to four troubled communities in... Read More

  46. Aborigines shut out on home front

    Sara Hudson | 11 Mar 2009 | The Australian

    Among the multitude of policy failures in Aboriginal communities, public housing is poorly designed and constructed, with... Read More

  47. Out with the Outstations?

    Sara Hudson | 19 Oct 2008 | Sunday Territorian

    After thirty years, it finally seems the Northern Territory government is acknowledging the failures of the outstation movement.... Read More

  48. Leadership can make all the difference in a CDEP organisation

    Sara Hudson | 11 Oct 2008 | The Sydney Morning Herald

    This week the Rudd Government announced sweeping changes to the Community Development Employment Projects program, an indigenous... Read More

  49. Welfare stretcher at bottom of cliff

    Sara Hudson | 08 Oct 2008 | The Australian

    The federal Government has announced that it is reforming the Community Development Employment Program, an Aboriginal work-for-the-dole... Read More

  50. Stepping away from CDEP

    Sara Hudson | 21 Aug 2008

    The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program was established to help Indigenous Australians move from welfare... Read More

  51. South Australia – the forgotten state no longer?

    Sara Hudson | 19 Aug 2008 | The Adelaide Advertiser

    Yesterday the federal government finally came to the party and acknowledged that it has failed Indigenous communities in... Read More

  52. Employment is the Key

    Sara Hudson | 14 Aug 2008 | Alice Springs News

    At the Male Health Summit on 3 July 2008, over three hundred Aboriginal men from across Australia got together to discuss... Read More

  53. CDEP is no substitute for local government services

    Sara Hudson | 20 Jul 2008 | The Sunday Territorian

    From 1 July 2008, eight new ‘supershires’ have taken over local government in the Northern Territory. Excluded from this... Read More

  54. Welfare that's not working

    Sara Hudson | 09 Jul 2008 | The Australian

    The Community Development Employment Projects program was introduced to replace unemployment benefits for indigenous Australians,... Read More

  55. Let local Indigenous communities decide who comes and goes

    Sara Hudson | 21 Feb 2008 | The Australian

    The Rudd Government's legislation to restore the permit system for access to indigenous settlements in the Northern Territory... Read More

Ideas@TheCentre by Author

  1. Exposing the dysfunctional old beast of Indigenous policy

    Sara Hudson | 05 Apr 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    It is heartening to see more people acknowledging the devastating impact ‘the culture of separatism’ has had on Indigenous... Read More

  2. Don’t blame corporate sector for low Indigenous employment

    Sara Hudson | 22 Mar 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    Look to education rather than blaming the corporate sector for low Indigenous employment.

  3. Time for some commonsense in Indigenous affairs

    Sara Hudson | 01 Mar 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    Marcia Langton this week called for more partnerships between Indigenous communities and high-performing schools.

  4. Justice Reinvestment no ‘panacea’ to prison

    Sara Hudson | 01 Feb 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    To address the underlying causes of Indigenous offending, we need to focus on education and employment.

  5. Australia Day, Invasion Day or Survival Day?

    Sara Hudson | 25 Jan 2013 | Ideas@The Centre

    Many Aboriginal people view Australia Day as a day of mourning and refer to it as Invasion Day or Survival Day.

  6. Crying foul over alcohol laws

    Sara Hudson | 14 Dec 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Aboriginal Industry focuses on racism rather than supporting practical measures to address Indigenous disadvantage.

  7. Right idea, wrong approach

    Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Aboriginal people living on Indigenous land should have the same opportunities for private homeownership as all other Australians.

  8. The emperor’s new clothes

    Sara Hudson | 16 Nov 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    We need to start treating Indigenous disadvantage as a problem that can be solved.

  9. The right to drink

    Sara Hudson | 12 Oct 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Not everyone behaves responsibly when consuming alcohol, and some restrictions on alcohol are arguably necessary for a civil... Read More

  10. First things first ... Priorities in Indigenous education

    Sara Hudson | 21 Sep 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Doubling the proportion of Indigenous students at universities would add to the plethora of pointless programs aimed at closing... Read More

  11. Government responsible for poor Indigenous outcomes, not culture

    Sara Hudson | 31 Aug 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Aboriginal people, like all other Australians, should have the opportunity to become private home and business owners on... Read More

  12. Putting children’s needs before issues of racism

    Sara Hudson | 09 Aug 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    The voices of women and children suffering in remote Indigenous communities are often silenced by the more powerful men in... Read More

  13. When to move town

    Sara Hudson | 20 Jul 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Should small remote Indigenous towns be allowed to naturally decline or do we do something about it?

  14. Home, sweet home

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 13 Jul 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    After generations of decrepit public housing, Baniyala families will finally have the option of building and living in new... Read More

  15. Freedom to play

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jun 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Australia is fostering a risk-averse culture where people are reluctant to put themselves or their children ‘at risk’.

  16. Mabo and the concept of ownership

    Sara Hudson | 08 Jun 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    The 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision is a timely opportunity to review the perception that the only way Aboriginal people... Read More

  17. Address the demand for alcohol, not the supply

    Sara Hudson | 25 May 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    For long-term changes, governments should be tackling the reasons why people are drinking rather than simply controlling... Read More

  18. Government furphy on Indigenous homeownership

    Sara Hudson | 11 May 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    It is disingenuous to ask Aboriginal people to build houses on Indigenous land without letting them access money from the... Read More

  19. No more dreaming of CDEP

    Sara Hudson | 04 May 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Despite its good intentions, CDEP ended up hindering rather than helping Indigenous people.

  20. I never said Aboriginal health workers are charlatans

    Sara Hudson | 13 Apr 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Criticism of the Aboriginal health industry and RTOs is not the same as attacking AHWs personally.

  21. Separate training system fails Aboriginal people

    Sara Hudson | 23 Mar 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Aboriginal Health Workers are being short changed when it comes to training and position description.

  22. Separate schools not the answer

    Sara Hudson | 09 Mar 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Separate doesn’t mean better and throwing money at a problem isn’t an effective way to solve the education gap between... Read More

  23. Amnesty on truth

    Sara Hudson | 10 Feb 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    Amnesty International complains a lot without offering any real solutions.

  24. Training must lead to employment

    Sara Hudson | 13 Jan 2012 | Ideas@The Centre

    The report Walk in My Shoes, released by Generation One on 23 December 2011, found that many Aboriginal people are trapped... Read More

  25. Lazy not a disorder

    Sara Hudson | 02 Dec 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Kids who are allowed to play video games all day shouldn’t be labelled with a disorder – their parents should be labelled... Read More

  26. Individualism does not mean being self-centred

    Sara Hudson | 04 Nov 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Individualism is not about being self-centred but about recognising that you are responsible for your own actions and how... Read More

  27. Sigh, another review

    Sara Hudson | 07 Oct 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Another government review into Aboriginal welfare but will it result in any policy changes?

  28. Dying before their time

    Sara Hudson | 23 Sep 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Sara Hudson writes about the deplorable condition and despair in Aboriginal communities she saw on her recent trip to Central... Read More

  29. Missing the point with silly questions

    Sara Hudson | 26 Aug 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    To properly evaluate income management we need to look beyond people’s perspectives of it and explore whether or not it... Read More

  30. Census Apartheid

    Sara Hudson | 05 Aug 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Tuesday, 9th August, is Census night. Across the country Australians will be filling in the official Census Household Form.... Read More

  31. A day of transformation

    Sara Hudson | 08 Jul 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    NAIDOC week is good time for all Australians to celebrate Indigenous culture.

  32. Dump deal showcases Aboriginal property issues

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jun 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Controversial nuclear facility on Aboriginal land highlights the inadequacy of Indigenous land rights.

  33. Polarisation in Indigenous Affairs

    Sara Hudson | 06 May 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Increasing polarization emerges in the aftermath of Larissa Behrendt’s tweet on Bess Price’s support of the NTI.

  34. Double standards to blame for alcohol problem

    Sara Hudson | 08 Apr 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Many of the alcohol restrictions now in places across the Far North may not have been necessary if existing liquor legislation... Read More

  35. Straddling black fella and white fella laws

    Sara Hudson | 25 Mar 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Bess Nungarrayi Price, an activist against violence and chairwoman of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous Affairs Advisory... Read More

  36. Absence of controls on alcohol and too much welfare a deadly combination

    Sara Hudson | 04 Mar 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    The difference between Sydney and Alice Springs are the different standards applied to alcohol consumption.

  37. Enabling homeownership on Indigenous lands is vital

    Sara Hudson | 18 Feb 2011 | Ideas@The Centre

    Enabling private homeownership on Indigenous lands is vital but will require policy reform.

  38. Banging on about homeownership is starting to have an effect but will bureaucrats bungle it?

    Sara Hudson | 10 Dec 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Thankfully governments are slowly waking up to the importance of private homeownership on Indigenous lands.

  39. Rebuilding social norms

    Sara Hudson | 03 Dec 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    The building of social norms is the impetus behind the Cape York Welfare Reform project being trialed in four Cape York communities.

  40. Separate is never equal

    Sara Hudson | 05 Nov 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    There is not a black way of educating a child or a white way of educating a child but the right way.

  41. A dangerous coupling

    Sara Hudson | 22 Oct 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Although the NT government's report 'Growing them Strong, Together' notes the impact of alcohol on Indigenous children and... Read More

  42. Overcoming a culture of low expectations

    Sara Hudson | 08 Oct 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    The different standards between remote Indigenous schools and mainstream schools, and the culture of low expectations, are... Read More

  43. Community initiatives more effective

    Sara Hudson | 17 Sep 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    A while ago, in an attempt to install some order into my chaotic household, I followed some advice I had read in a parenting... Read More

  44. Greens' backward Indigenous policy could risk bipartisan understanding

    Sara Hudson | 20 Aug 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Greens' backing of Aboriginal self-determination has won it the support of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, which in... Read More

  45. Education key to living in two worlds

    Sara Hudson | 30 Jul 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    In his speech at the opening dinner of the Centre’s annual Consilium conference last week, Noel Pearson raised the point... Read More

  46. A world away - Halls Creek, a remote town in WA

    Sara Hudson | 16 Jul 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Inspired by the alcohol restrictions in the nearby town of Fitzroy Crossing, two local women lobbied to have the same rules... Read More

  47. Income Management for all a courageous step forwards

    Sara Hudson | 25 Jun 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Federal parliament this week passed laws that will subject non-Indigenous welfare recipients in the Northern Territory to... Read More

  48. Government monopoly in the outback

    Sara Hudson | 18 Jun 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    For those of us living in cities and towns, it is hard to imagine having only one store to shop at – but this is the problem... Read More

  49. Why income management is not failing

    Sara Hudson | 11 Jun 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    In an unprecedented move this week, the federal government released a report refuting a Menzies Health Centre study on income... Read More

  50. HOIL no more

    Sara Hudson | 14 May 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    The federal budget’s ‘redirection’ of $56 million of unused capital from its failed Homeownership on Indigenous Land... Read More

  51. The forgotten Indigenous Australians

    Sara Hudson | 23 Apr 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    This week Channel Ten’s 7pm Project did a report on whether Australia is racist. It raised a few questions – specifically... Read More

  52. Money doesn’t grow on trees

    Sara Hudson | 19 Mar 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s decision to support Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s income management bill... Read More

  53. Groundhog Day for new housing

    Sara Hudson | 26 Feb 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Despite extensive consultation with communities in the Northern Territory about what type of new houses they would like as... Read More

  54. Report card on Indigenous disadvantage

    Sara Hudson | 29 Jan 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    Last year, the Prime Minister failed to keep his election promise to deliver a report card on the government’s progress... Read More

  55. End exploitative practices in the outback

    Sara Hudson | 22 Jan 2010 | Ideas@The Centre

    The Australian recently reported Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s scathing response to the loan shark who plagues... Read More

  56. Latest Indigenous health scheme shows policymakers are still in ‘la la land’

    Sara Hudson | 18 Dec 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Chronic diseases, in particular cardiovascular disease, are the biggest single killers of Indigenous people. But the government’s... Read More

  57. Indigenous health suffers from lack of accountability

    Sara Hudson | 04 Dec 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Given the abysmal health of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders living in Indigenous communities, no one disputes the... Read More

  58. Aboriginal men need jobs, not more programs

    Sara Hudson | 13 Nov 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    A new Australian Medical Association (AMA) report says a lack of purpose in Aboriginal men’s lives has had a profound impact... Read More

  59. Blinding trachoma still plagues Australian outback

    Sara Hudson | 09 Oct 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Australia has the unenviable distinction of being the only developed country in the world to still have trachoma.

  60. A tale of two houses

    Sara Hudson | 04 Sep 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    Once upon a time in a community called Baniyala, the houses were old, there weren’t enough houses, and there was no house... Read More

  61. Indigenous housing built on words

    Sara Hudson | 17 Jul 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    If only houses were built of words instead of stones, the government would be well on track with its Indigenous housing program.... Read More

  62. Picking on soft targets

    Sara Hudson | 12 Jun 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    The case of the Northern Territory teenager known as Kunmanara is yet another example of the failure of government to protect... Read More

  63. Welfare of unborn children versus women’s right to drink

    Sara Hudson | 03 Apr 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    The struggle for liberals is to strike the right balance between individual liberty and protecting the rights of others.

  64. Homeownership for remote Indigenous communities

    Sara Hudson | 06 Mar 2009 | Ideas@The Centre

    As part of the ‘Apology to the Stolen Generation,’ the Rudd government promised to spend $1.6 billion on a five-year... Read More