Solution to grog on the cards

The Australian:What responsibility should we have over how welfare is delivered to those in need? Since the introduction of federal unemployment benefits in 1944, the government has provided welfare in cash. The reason is expedience: dropping cash into an account is simpler and cheaper than the trad... ... (19-Aug)

Zaky Mallah’s freedom of speech does not mean a media platform

The Australian: If a man called for the public gang rape of two prominent women, what would be your response? Revulsion? Outrage? How about giving the man a taxpayer-funded megaphone, live and unvetoed, with a million people listening? This is what the ABC did when they gave the microp... ... (29-Jun)

The case for indigenous constitutional recognition

The Australian:Greg Sheridan provides a seductively simple argument why indigenous people should not be recognised in the constitution: we are all equal citizens and no one should be recognised constitutionally because of their race or heritage. We must move beyond race and treat people as individua... ... (11-Jun)

Creating an indigenous enterprise culture through government procurement

Australian Financial Review: On Tuesday night, leaders of the corporate and indigenous community gathered at Darling Harbour for the Supply Nation Gala dinner which recognises indigenous entrepreneurship across the nation. I wish the night could be attended by all Australians because it shows t... ... (28-May)

Give states revenue responsibility to improve efficiency

The Australian: Sitting alongside the Tax White Paper is the development of the Federation White Paper.  It may not get people as excited as tax changes, but federation reform could be equally far-reaching. This will be on the agenda for the COAG leaders meeting this week. There is a gene... ... (17-Apr)

Cut debt or face a Greek future

The Australian: Earlier this week, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen again sought to “inject some context into the budget debate” by comparing our relatively low debt levels with those of other countries, particularly European ones. This is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia’s de... ... (18-Mar)

Template in place for progress in indigenous communities

The Australian: NICOLAS Rothwell is one of the most thoughtful writers on indigenous matters, but his critique of federal government policy fails to comprehend the stark shift that is under way — in priorities, governance and practical action. This shift will not result in communities being tur... ... (07-Feb)

Reforms will bring work and real prospects to remote areas

The Australian: THE federal government’s changes to the remote jobs program, announced last weekend, are the first major antidote to the poison that has inflicted remote communities for decades: welfare passivity. Since the early 1970s, when widespread welfare was introduced, people in remote c... ... (09-Dec)

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations

The Australian: “IT’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times ... Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?” Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne. It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­... ... (28-Oct)

Welfare flaws clear in Arnhem Land insight

The Australian: LAST week history was made when Tony Abbott took the seat of government to Yolngu country in East Arnhem Land.   To spend time in an indigenous community is an enriching experience: theory becomes practice; statistics become people of flesh and blood; gallery pieces become liv... ... (26-Sep)

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