When Prime Minister Keating made his famous Redfern speech in 1992, I was an opposition staffer. My job was to disagree with everything he said. While I could quibble with aspects of that speech, I couldn’t disagree with its central point: that our failures towards Australia’s first people were a stain on our soul.
“The celebration of the unique connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with country will be recognised in the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrations later this year,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said.
Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion have announced the recipients of $2.6 million in funding for new language preservation projects.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion has welcomed a decision by the Federal Court which has ordered the former CEO of an Aboriginal medical service to pay over $1.2 million in fines and compensation and disqualified him from managing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for 15 years.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today urged parents and carers of children in remote communities across Australia to make sure their kids are ready for school at the start of the first term.
A major shake-up of Indigenous Affairs has been completed with more than $2 billion in Indigenous-specific funding and 1700 staff from across the Australian Government now consolidated in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.