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August 4, 2020

It was four years ago today that The Australian published a cartoon by the late great Bill Leak reminding us of the sad state that far too many Aboriginal children are in. It was also four years ago today that some sectors of the public expressed their ‘outrage’ at wha...

August 4, 2020

A new Closing the Gap agreement has been put forth, one for which there are high expectations of it being a game changer. While I don’t totally dismiss it, I’m not sure that it will be a game changer. The new approach contains some good ideas, but also some ideas I hav...

June 4, 2020

White Privilege

It’s no secret that I despise rhetoric in Aboriginal affairs. It’s a weapon of choice for the politically correct, victim brigade, culture vultures, and whinja ninjas for avoiding taboo topics or silencing opponents when looking foolish in a debate. One...

May 26, 2020

There are three ideas that have been circulating around in Aboriginal affairs for a long time that I believe are holding Aboriginal people back; sometimes putting them in an early grave. And as you might have guessed, these ideas are promoted as unquestionable truths b...

February 9, 2020

Is Australia a Racist Country?

(This is an extended version of an article that was originally published in The Australian Spectator in September 2019)

The title for this article is a question, and one that relates to Aboriginal people. So when I talk about whether or not...

January 16, 2020

It’s that time of the year again. Heatwaves. Cricket on the radio.  The Aussie Open on the telly. And of course, the perennial debate - Australia Day, move it or lose it. In this article, I want to discuss what are for me personally the two most important reasons why I...

December 25, 2019

This essay is a chapter from the book ‘Dissenters Project: The Price of Honest Dissent in Cancel Culture’

Who am I?

I grew up in a normal suburban home in Brisbane with an English-Australian mother and an Aboriginal father. Both parents had great extended families that l...

September 16, 2019

I think Jacinta’s most important message is that while many Aboriginal Australians are moving forward, there are still many who are held back. And she speaks with great credibility here, given that she talks about massacres which her Aboriginal ancestors were part of....

July 11, 2019

If you want to close the gap, cut the crap!

This year’s NAIDOC theme is: “voice treaty, truth: let’s work together for a shared future”. The truth is that Aboriginal people already have voice and a treaty will not solve the serious problems to many of them face. Now tha...

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