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Indigenous Politics

Productivity Commission releases scathing Closing the Gap report

The Closing the Gap agreement on improving Indigenous outcomes will fail without fundamental changes, the Productivity Commission has warned, adding that successive governments have “failed to fully grasp” the challenges. Source: The Guardian.

HIgher Education Indigenous Leadership

Indigenous students get down to business

The University of Notre Dame Australia is this week hosting 32 Indigenous secondary school students from across Western Australia at its Broome campus as part of a program designed to inspire Australia’s future leaders.

Indigenous Politics

Voice question should have been split: Wyatt

Former Indigenous affairs minister Ken Wyatt says the Voice referendum was too complicated and should have split out the question of recognition, as he called on National Cabinet to urgently focus on closing the gap. Source: The Age.


Support for treaty nosedives after Voice referendum

Only a third of voters believe the Commonwealth should pursue a treaty-making process with Indigenous Australians or establish a “truth-telling” commission, with support for the remaining ambitions of the Uluru Statement languishing in the aftermath of the Voice referendum. Source: The Age.


Conversation guide contains everything but the kitchen table

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council is posting hard copies of the One Journey, Together Kitchen Table Conversation Guide to every parish in Australia, asking Catholic communities to deepen their understanding of the upcoming referendum.


Australian delegation heads to US for indigenous conference

Five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will attend an international Catholic gathering in Washington D.C. next week, along with indigenous people from the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


New message stick for Melbourne’s cathedral invites respect and unity

Victoria’s Aboriginal Catholic community has gifted a new message stick to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, representing Aboriginal people’s contribution to the Church in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.


Senate vote triggers Voice referendum within six months

Australians will vote on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament within the next six months, after the bill to trigger the referendum passed the Senate 52 votes to 19. Source: SBS News.


New members elected to Victorian treaty-making assembly

The Indigenous Victorians who will deliver a treaty between the state government and First Nations people have been chosen after a record number of voters turned out to elect the 22-representative body. Source: The Age.