Originally published by New Matilda on February 10, 2016 ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned – he didn’t, for example, appoint […]Read more "White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap"
Originally published by New Matilda on August 28, 2015 Prime Minister Tony Abbott unwittingly sang the praises of a celebrated Aboriginal-devised teaching method while on his trip to Bamaga this week, while his government continues to refuse to fund its expansion. In pictures and footage beamed across the country from the tiny Cape York community, […]Read more "Tony Abbott Hails Noel Pearson’s Impact On Cape York School, Which Pearson Has Nothing To Do With"
Originally published at New Matilda on August 27, 2015 Parliamentary secretary Alan Tudge seems to be enjoying his taxpayer-funded week in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, if his Twitter feed is anything to go by. He is one part of the team accompanying Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his second almost-week-long sojourn in […]Read more "On Tour With Tony: A Lapdog Media Dancing Around Black Issues Again"
Originally published by New Matilda on July 24, 2015 Last week, the Australian newspaper ran a piece on the controversial Cape York Welfare Reform Trials, the brainchild of influential Aboriginal lawyer Noel Pearson. According to the headline the ‘experiment’ underpinning the education reforms in three Cape York communities – the just as controversial ‘Direct Instruction’ […]Read more "Seven Years Of Noel Pearson Trials Have Led Aurukun To The Bottom Of the National Heap"
Published by New Matilda on December 9, 2014 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory will be working for around $5 cash an hour under changes to a remote work-for-the-dole scheme, bringing back memories of the old ‘work for rations’ days. The Abbott government has announced changes to the Remote Jobs and Community Program (RJCP), which […]Read more "Black Australia Would Be ‘Essentially Free Labour’ Under Work-For-The-Dole Changes"