When a problem exists, whether in personal or in business life, the time to act is now.

Warren Buffet

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.

Why can't we talk about things that are important? A conversation with Professor Mick Dodson (released 10 February 2009)
A wide-ranging, 40 minute conversation with the 2009 Australian of the Year, Professor Mick Dodson. Mick is giving a formal speech to the National Press Club on February 17. Watch out for it. If this conversation is an indicator it should be a "nation stopper".
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With Honesty and No Spin (released 26 January 2009)
Professor Mick Dodson the most fitting Australian of the Year.
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The Real Warren Mundine on Homelands (Special Delivery) (released 17 December 2008)
Learn from our experiences in the South East, don't close down homelands, says Warren Mundine. "Closing communities doesn't work. In NSW we did that in the 1930s and 1920s in the South East in the Bourkes and Morees and you see the disasters that occurred. This idea that you can force people to move from homelands is bizarre to me. Its about making things better and economically sustainable." "I don't think there are many differences across the Aboriginal leadership at all... We just don't sit down and have enough cups of tea with each other." This is an unedited mp3 recording of a discussion with Warren Mundine at 4pm, 15 December 2008.
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The Real Warren Mundine on Homelands (released 16 December 2008)
Learn from our experiences in the South East, don't close down homelands, says Warren Mundine. "Closing communities doesn't work. In NSW we did that in the 1930s and 1920s in the South East in the Bourkes and Morees and you see the disasters that occurred. This idea that you can force people to move from homelands is bizarre to me. Its about making things better and economically sustainable." "I don't think there are many differences across the Aboriginal leadership at all... We just don't sit down and have enough cups of tea with each other." This is an unedited mp3 recording of a discussion with Warren Mundine at 4pm, 15 December 2008.
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Tin Tin Dec 2008 - Malcolm Turnbull (released 5 December 2008)
Malcolm Turnbull brings new life and credibility to the Federal Opposition Parties.
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Broadbanditry (released 29 November 2008)
The outcomes of Botsman v Telstra Corporation Ltd which finished in Nowra's "small people's court" - The Consumer Traders and Tenancy Tribunal - today!
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Chronology of Australian Aboriginal and European Relations 1770-2008 (released 13 November 2008)
A work in progress first published in Polity, Capability, Culture (2007). Updated here by popular demand. Free to people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
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“Change Robed in Justice” - Australia’s Indigenous National Leader Emerges (released 6 November 2008)
It was not the honour of the Sydney Peace Prize that conferred the status of 'national leader' on Patrick Dodson, the platform simply gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his mantle. Like the vibration of the yidaki around the islands of the Arafura sea - his speech rang out. (the Full Transcript along with a commentary below)
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Obama v McCain - Who Will Win, Does it Matter? (released 19 September 2008)
Ambassador Derek Shearer's brilliant analysis of the coming US Presidential Race, a public lecture of the University of Melbourne hosted by Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis.
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The Importance of Business for the Next Phase of Indigenous Development (released 19 September 2008)
Gerhardt Pearson told a National Australia Bank luncheon in Melbourne, 17 Sept, that his father had to get permission from the government to make a withdrawal from his bank account. The coming period will be an era of independent Indigenous economic development and wealth creation and the business community's role is all important.
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