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Indigenous Affairs


CIS has been active in advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  to receive the same standards of education and health services that other Australians take for granted.
Poor education is a major factor behind high unemployment and welfare dependency, with many Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders living in appalling community housing and suffering from some of the highest rates of infectious diseases in the world. Work is needed to implement private property rights on communal title land and to address the high rates of alcohol and substance abuse rife in Indigenous communities.


  1. 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... Read More...

  2. 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... Read More...

  3. 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... Read More...

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  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.... Read More

  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.... Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

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  1. Hard conversation about Aboriginal culture and child protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 19 Sep 2014

    Conservative social commentators have indulged in 'divisive grandstanding' by linking Aboriginal culture to the abuse and ...

  2. A tale of two houses

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 24 May 2013

    For years, excuses have been used to hide the discriminatory state and federal policies that deny individual property rights ...

  3. Education is key for Aboriginal Australia

    Nigel Parbury | 24 May 2013

    This budget is further evidence that governments remain addicted to spending, and that is why it is time for TARGET30....

  4. Funding students based on Indigeneity demeaning and wasteful

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 03 May 2013

    The Labor government continues to ignore the overwhelming evidence that funding is not a principal constraint on Indigenous ...

  5. The phantom coup and poll-driven politics

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 28 Mar 2013

    Pointing the finger at the apparent shortcomings of Australia’s political culture is a convenient explanation for the recent ...

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