Australia is marking Reconciliation Week, so on this Policy Forum Pod, we take a look at the past, present, and possible future of Indigenous policy.
This year, Australia’s National Reconciliation Week theme is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’. But just how courageous has Australia’s Indigenous policy been, and what will it take to get it right? Will Ken Wyatt’s appointment as the first Indigenous minister for Indigenous Affairs bring the change that Australia needs? On this episode, we hear from Tony Dreise on the ups-and-downs of Indigenous policies past and present, and get his suggestions for policies for the future. We also consider government spending and whether it’s been proportionate to the levels of disadvantage felt across Indigenous communities.
Tony Dreise is Professor of Indigenous Policy Research and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University. He is nationally and internationally recognised as a First Nations leader in policy, evaluation, and research in the field of education.
Our presenters – Sharon Bessell and Martyn Pearce – also chat about New Zealand’s recent wellbeing budget and how to measure societal success. What’s more, they also reveal a new way for our listeners to win Policy Forum’s highly coveted mugs – so listen up!
Sharon Bessell is Director of the Children’s Policy Centre at Crawford School, the ANU lead on the Individual Deprivation Measure Project, and Editor of Policy Forum’s Poverty: In Focus section.
Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.
Show notes | The following were mentioned in this podcast:
New Zealand’s wellbeing budget
Gross Happiness National Index
Child poverty in New Zealand
Social Inclusion Index
Reconciliation Week in Australia
Indigenous communities and wellbeing
The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (ANU)
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission (ATSIC)
Native Title Act
Recognition of Aboriginal rights in the form of native titles
Kevin Rudd’s national apology (2008)
Uluru Statement from the Heart
Paul Keating’s Redfern Park speech
The Whispering in Our Hearts – Henry Reynolds
Morrison Government’s budget allocation
Ken Wyatt’s appointment as the first Indigenous Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Justice reinvestment in Bourke
Closing The Gap reports
Australia’s ‘suicide prevention plan’ is barely worth the name – Gerry Georgatos
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