Indigenous Affairs

IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

A new report released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs: Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, examines the very high rate of incarceration among Indigenous Australians. The report makes an original contribution through a renewed focus on core principles of justice and corrections, while being mindful of Indigenous disadvantage. It finds that despite decades
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Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations
28 July 2017

Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations

Our new research brief is on the Four Reasons why the Referendum Council’s recommendations for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be rejected. The proposal to entrench an indigenous ‘voice to parliament’ is a radical idea. Race should not be used as a qualification for participation in democracy. The creation of a constitutional body to exclusively
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NSW Reforms Point Way To Reducing High Rate Of Indigenous Incarceration
28 July 2017

NSW Reforms Point Way To Reducing High Rate Of Indigenous Incarceration

A report from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows the incarceration of indigenous Australians in that state has increased by 25 per cent since 2013. The report attributes this rise to more indigenous people being charged with, and imprisoned for, stalking and intimidation ­offences, defendants spending more time on remand and more ­breaches of good behaviour bonds and
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Race Has No Place In The Constitution
17 July 2017

Race Has No Place In The Constitution

“The radical attempt to divide Australians in our national constitution is wrong and it will be rejected by the Australian people,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Referendum Council today delivered its recommendations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, that there should be a
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No Place For Race In Our Constitution
2 June 2017

No Place For Race In Our Constitution

RACE has no place in the Australian constitution. Proposals to grant special legal rights to any group of Australians based on their race will be rejected. Australians are egalitarian. Fairness is a concept that runs deep in the Australian psyche. This is why the two proposals contained in the Uluru Statement released last week — a treaty between indigenous and
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Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate
2 February 2017

Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be raised and discussed at the Guild Council meeting. Even though the official submission date had closed the week earlier, the Guild allowed WASAC to
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Learning When To Catch Blackfish
5 December 2016

Learning When To Catch Blackfish

The NSW draft curriculum released last week glosses over thousands of years of western development and progress, in favour of teaching students about climate change in mathematics class. The NSW Board of Studies, slavishly following the National Curriculum, has adopted three so-called cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.
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13 July 2016

A Treaty With First Australians Is Divisive And Dangerous

The concept of a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is illogical and divisive. The current push for such a document is misguided, and should be abandoned. It’s difficult to think of another policy idea that has taken hold with so many people with so little thought. Bill Shorten backed the idea on national television. University academics have
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