In 2022, as the next federal election looms, as the response to the pandemic continues to evolve, and as we face the threat of a looming Cold War, will Indigenous affairs be forgotten? Will we come any closer to Closing the Gap? Every year around Australia Day, discussions inevitably lead to rehashed statements around symbolic gestures and posturing rather than effective strategies and policies for improving the lives of our indigenous population.
Join us at the The Inchcolm by Ovolo in Brisbane, Thursday, March 24th. CIS Indigenous Forum director Nyunggai Warren Mundine and CIS executive director Tom Switzer will discuss the crucial questions facing Indigenous Australia ahead of the next federal election.
Why has vaccine uptake amongst Indigenous Australians been far lower than the rest of the population? Is the government is misspending when it comes to Indigenous health? Would a Labor government bring about better change and progress, or just empty gestures? Are remote indigenous communities being overlooked in recent federal education and criminal justice policies? And, importantly, what does Warren make of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Voice to Parliament?
Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO is a media commentator, author, businessman, former deputy mayor of Dubbo, national president of the ALP and chair of the Abbott and Turnbull government’s Indigenous Advisory Council. He is author of the books Warren Mundine in Black and White (2017, Bloomsbury Publishing) and Speaking My Mind: Common sense answers for Australia (2020, Wilkinson Publishing). Warren is now the Indigenous forum director at CIS.