Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

Nyunggai Warren Mundine

Director - Indigenous Forum

Nyunggai Warren Mundine
Writer, media commentator, event speaker, highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and advocate for Australian economic reform and growth, empowering the First Nations of Australia to build businesses and sustainable economies. Life and career shaped by a personal commitment to regional and Indigenous economic development. Over 40 years experience working in the public, business, policy, arts and community sectors.  

Featured Publication

  • Back to Basics: A new model for business creation in remote Indigenous communities 20 May 2021 | AP21
    The past decade has seen significant growth in the Indigenous business sector fuelled by landmark Commonwealth policies such as the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy. However, these policies have not succeeded in remote Australia where Indigenous economic participation through business creation…...
    The past decade has seen significant growth in the Indigenous business sector fuelled by landmark Commonwealth policies such as the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy. However, these policies have not succeeded in remote Australia where Indigenous economic participation through business creation…
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Media & Commentary

  • Indigenous Voice in Parliament plan sounds by-the-numbers 20 December 2021 | Daily Telegraph
    The Commonwealth Coalition government last week announced the new structure of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. After years of discussion and three years of research and consultation, they’ve come up with a design that looks like some document the public…
    The Commonwealth Coalition government last week announced the new structure of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. After years of discussion and three years of research and consultation, they’ve come up with a design that looks like some document the public…
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  • Business creation can lift Indigenous communities 07 July 2021 | Financial Review
    During the past year, with an economy under siege from COVID-19, lockdowns and border closures, there has been less focus on Indigenous disadvantage and the failure to close the gap in many areas. As things recover, I hope to see…
    During the past year, with an economy under siege from COVID-19, lockdowns and border closures, there has been less focus on Indigenous disadvantage and the failure to close the gap in many areas. As things recover, I hope to see…
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  • Why drop the ball on our key indigenous targets? 15 July 2020 | The Australian
    The COVID-19 pandemic — and government responses to it — has halted large sections of the economy, resulting in business failures and increased unemployment. With so many facing straitened circumstances, there is a risk indigenous disadvantage will be overshadowed, and…
    The COVID-19 pandemic — and government responses to it — has halted large sections of the economy, resulting in business failures and increased unemployment. With so many facing straitened circumstances, there is a risk indigenous disadvantage will be overshadowed, and…
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Publications

  • It’s The Economy, Stupid: Economic participation only way to Close the Gap 14 July 2020 | AP11
    The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians exists for one reason — too many Indigenous people do not participate in the real economy. The key areas of economic participation are having a job and setting up a business. Both depend on commerce and private enterprise. The answer is the same…...
    The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians exists for one reason — too many Indigenous people do not participate in the real economy. The key areas of economic participation are having a job and setting up a business. Both depend on commerce and private enterprise. The answer is the same…
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