Contributors – The Centre for Independent Studies

Mark Hughes


Featured Publication

  • Indigenous Education 2012 27 June 2012 | PM129
    In 2008, governments reduced their Indigenous literacy and numeracy target from ‘fix the problem in four years’ to ‘fix half the problem in ten years’. Indigenous Education 2012 shows that most states and territories are struggling to meet even this…...
    In 2008, governments reduced their Indigenous literacy and numeracy target from ‘fix the problem in four years’ to ‘fix half the problem in ten years’. Indigenous Education 2012 shows that most states and territories are struggling to meet even this…
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Media & Commentary

  • A tale of two houses 24 May 2013
    Almost 10 years ago, the leader of an East Arnhem Aboriginal community arrived unannounced at CIS asking for help. His community’s children were not receiving any education so he feared that they would be condemned to a life on welfare.…
    Almost 10 years ago, the leader of an East Arnhem Aboriginal community arrived unannounced at CIS asking for help. His community’s children were not receiving any education so he feared that they would be condemned to a life on welfare.…
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  • Funding students based on Indigeneity demeaning and wasteful 03 May 2013
    The Labor government’s education proposal adds grants for Indigenous students on top of the Gonski recommendations for increased school funding. This proposal does not take into account the overwhelming evidence that funding is not a principal constraint on educational outcomes…
    The Labor government’s education proposal adds grants for Indigenous students on top of the Gonski recommendations for increased school funding. This proposal does not take into account the overwhelming evidence that funding is not a principal constraint on educational outcomes…
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  • Home, sweet home 13 July 2012
    Something unusual is happening in Baniyala in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Footings are being poured this week for two new houses. Unlike other houses on Australia’s Indigenous lands, these two-bedroom houses are being built privately for Baniyala families. Although…
    Something unusual is happening in Baniyala in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Footings are being poured this week for two new houses. Unlike other houses on Australia’s Indigenous lands, these two-bedroom houses are being built privately for Baniyala families. Although…
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  • Poor education is letting Indigenous children down 06 July 2012 | The Drum
    Recently released census Indigenous data for 2011 shows that more than 85 per cent of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live in capital cities and regional towns and work in a range of occupations as truck drivers, tradies, professionals and…
    Recently released census Indigenous data for 2011 shows that more than 85 per cent of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live in capital cities and regional towns and work in a range of occupations as truck drivers, tradies, professionals and…
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  • Indigenous education – a poor performer 29 June 2012
    Indigenous education in Australia has made little or no headway since NAPLAN testing began in 2008. The number of Indigenous students failing NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests is increasing and will not meet COAG targets for many more decades. Our…
    Indigenous education in Australia has made little or no headway since NAPLAN testing began in 2008. The number of Indigenous students failing NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests is increasing and will not meet COAG targets for many more decades. Our…
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Publications

  • NSW Community Discussion Paper: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal People 23 March 2012
    By ending the raft of current discriminatory, costly and ineffective Indigenous education policies, the New South Wales Coalition Government has the opportunity to ensure all Indigenous children starting school in 2013 receive a quality education.This submission is based on four years' research on Indigenous education, including three published papers and…...
    By ending the raft of current discriminatory, costly and ineffective Indigenous education policies, the New South Wales Coalition Government has the opportunity to ensure all Indigenous children starting school in 2013 receive a quality education.This submission is based on four years' research on Indigenous education, including three published papers and…
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  • Submission to Remote Participation and Employment Servicing Arrangements 11 October 2011
    The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes remote communities from the majority of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. But it does deal with the inappropriate government policies that are the cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high…...
    The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes remote communities from the majority of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. But it does deal with the inappropriate government policies that are the cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high…
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  • FaHCSIA Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2010 17 December 2010
    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like
    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like
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  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010 30 November 2010
    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous landowners from the process, however, is due to policies that affect all return of Indigenous land.
    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous landowners from the process, however, is due to policies that affect all return of Indigenous land.
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  • Private Housing on Indigenous Lands 17 November 2010 | PM113
    Almost 20% of Australia and almost 50% of the Northern Territory are Indigenous lands. Yet Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders cannot build their own houses on them. Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders living on their lands have the lowest living standards in Australia. They cannot access the benefits of the land they…...
    Almost 20% of Australia and almost 50% of the Northern Territory are Indigenous lands. Yet Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders cannot build their own houses on them. Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders living on their lands have the lowest living standards in Australia. They cannot access the benefits of the land they…
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