You think I'm over the hill, You think I'm past my prime. Let me see what you got. We can have a whoppin' good time.

Bob Dylan

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Rudd Government favours foreign workers in jobs wanted by disadvantaged young Aboriginals (released 4 August 2009)
This media release from the one of the most effective organisations working with remote Indigenous young people says it all about the Rudd government's post "sorry" efforts and "closing the gap".
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Dash Moore - Wasted Management - Mixed Messages (released 2 August 2009)
One of the out-takes from the short but spectacular reign of KV band, Wasted Management, featuring lead singer Dash Moore and bass player Henry Rutherford
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Ian Thorpe - Dirty Little Secret (released 24 July 2009)
Australia's grim record on health care for Indigenous people is by far the worst of any developed nation. Developed? How can a country be "developed" when it leaves so many of its children behind? Australia has not provided its citizens with an equal opportunity for primary health care, education, housing, employment, let alone recognition and a life of dignity. Ian Thorpe, Beyond Sport Summit, London, July 9
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Howard Pederson - The Kimberley: The Vision Floundered (released 11 July 2009)
The Kimberley and the schemes of economic development embarked upon by governments and entrepreneurs have a chequered past ... when history is ignored it is destined to be repeated. Extraordinarily the same thinking that got us into this mess in the first place is now being proposed as the solution.
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Patrick Dodson - Recognition and Inclusiveness of all our Diversity (released 9 July 2009)
Australia claims to be a modern society, imbued with the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with a sense of reflective wisdom about the appalling immorality and consequences of global colonisation, racism and genocide. The current relationship that exists between Australia’s First Peoples and the nation state is incompatible with the status that Australia claims in the global community.
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Between Indigenous Leaders: the horns of a bitter dilemma (released 6 July 2009)
While there is no independent, credible, national Indigenous leadership forum, there will be no resolution of the structural and ideological impasse between Australia's Indigenous leaders, and subsequently, the endless cycle of failing policies and bitter debates will continue.
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Malcom Turnbull and Noel Pearson (released 30 June 2009)
Malcolm Turnbull needs to bring Noel Pearson to Canberra as a conservative to not only revive the quality and substance of the Coalition, but to improve the fabric of the whole National Parliament.
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Letter from Australia (May-June 2009) - The rise and rise of Anna Bligh (released 16 May 2009)
Two outstanding Australian women: newly elected Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, and one of Australia's great, but unsung, composers, the late Dulcie Holland, feature. "Letter from Australia" is a regular podcast commentary on Australian politics and issues. It features contemporary Australian music that is tragically often ignored by the mainstream media and is not well known enough - even in its native land.
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Marrkapmi Garray (released 24 March 2009)
The Heavenly Sisters perform their song "Marrkapmi Garray (Beloved Christ)" in Yolngu mata accompanied by the yidaki master Djalu Gurruwiwi.
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My Saviour Loves Me (released 24 March 2009)
The Heavenly Sisters sing their song "My Saviour Loves Me" with words first in English then in Yolngu mata.
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