Most participants in the long-standing debate on school funding agree that the present system is unnecessarily arcane and opaque. Platitudes that funding should be needs-based are also getting a good airing. Nonetheless, the discussion has become mired in self-interest and partisan politics. … Read more here
As a federal election loomed a decade ago, facing disappointing polls the government of the day was scandalized by sexual abuse in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities and proposed an intervention to improve the life chances of Aboriginal children. … Read more here
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Redfern Speech by Prime Minister Paul Keating, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from peak representative organisations are calling on Australian governments at all levels to redouble their efforts to address the unacceptable poverty and disadvantage experienced by Australia’s First Peoples.
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) endorses the establishment of a constitutionally mandated representative body for First Peoples, as recommended in the Uluru Statement. Congress is in a unique position to be this Indigenous voice in parliament, as we are the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.