Indigenous Affairs

No Call To Heed A Divisive Voice
23 August 2019

No Call To Heed A Divisive Voice

Localism, property rights and regional economic development will help improve the lives of indigenous Australians more than another Canberra-based body. In his delivery of the 19th Annual Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture last week, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt ruled out holding a referendum on inserting an indigenous-only voice in the Constitution. This is the right call. Such a voice would
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The Art Of Persuasion Needs More Than Abusive Language
7 August 2019

The Art Of Persuasion Needs More Than Abusive Language

The Institute of Public Affairs is on a unity ticket with Noel Pearson, whether he cares to admit it or not. Like the work of the respected indigenous leader, our work endeavours to help people overcome disadvantage, to enjoy the dignity that comes from work, and the human flourishing that comes from greater freedom and economic prosperity. Like Pearson, we
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IPA Calls For Constructive And Respectful Debate On The Voice
5 August 2019

IPA Calls For Constructive And Respectful Debate On The Voice

The Institute of Public Affairs has expressed disappointment in Noel Pearson’s comments about the IPA and has called for constructive and respectful dialogue in the debate about the voice. At the Garma Festival on Sunday, Mr Pearson accused the IPA of dispatching ‘child soldiers telling lies about the voice’. “Both sides of the debate should engage with each other in
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Indigenous Voice Of Division Would Force Parliament’s Hand
2 August 2019

Indigenous Voice Of Division Would Force Parliament’s Hand

Proponents of an indigenous voice to parliament make two key claims: it would be confined only to areas affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and it would not become a third chamber of parliament. Both claims understate how far-reaching such a body is likely to become. In an opinion piece in these pages on July 26 (“Cleanest way to establish
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Race Has No Place
8 June 2019

Race Has No Place

All Australians are equal. Our legal status should not be determined by our skin colour or our race.   This clear principle is being undermined by a campaign to divide Australians in our nation’s founding document through the constitutional ‘recognition’ of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The ‘recognition’ agenda currently advocates for the establishment of a special body to represent
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Indigenous ‘Voice To Parliament’ Decision A Win For Liberal Democracy
3 November 2017

Indigenous ‘Voice To Parliament’ Decision A Win For Liberal Democracy

A recent decision of the Turnbull Coalition government has affirmed the bedrock principles of Australia as a proud liberal democracy. The decision of the federal government to reject the proposal for a constitutionally enshrined “voice to parliament” for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders was announced last week. The decision is a significant victory for the set of ideas upon which
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A Victory For Equality
30 October 2017

A Victory For Equality

Simon Breheny explains why yesterday’s development on Indigenous Recognition is such an important step for equality.
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Race Has No Place In The Constitution
26 October 2017

Race Has No Place In The Constitution

“The Coalition government’s decision to reject the divisive indigenous-only ‘voice to parliament’ is a win for equality and liberal democracy,” said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The decision made by the government today affirms the democratic values on which Australia was founded. The Australian Constitution should treat all Australian
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Equal Justice At Risk If Judges Consider Aboriginality In Sentencing
22 September 2017

Equal Justice At Risk If Judges Consider Aboriginality In Sentencing

During the past 10 years, incarceration in Australia has risen 40 per cent. A third of this is the result of more Indigenous Australians being jailed. Indigenous Australians are now jailed at a rate more than 12 times that of non-Indigenous Australians. The Australian Law Reform Commission is conducting an inquiry into this disproportionate rate of incarceration and how the criminal justice
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Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

This paper provides an overview of national statistics pertaining to the high level of incarceration of Indigenous Australians and the socioeconomic background to that phenomenon. The paper goes on to consider how to address this issues by applying the traditional criminal justice principles of equal justice, personal responsibility, and fair punishment. National averages are useful for identifying broad trends. However,
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