The ‘problem’ of Indigenous affairs is forever being reconceptualized, leading to new policy announcements and programs. A new book tells stories of what happens on the ground, when policy meets practice by living, breathing individuals. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
Veteran of Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory, BOB BEADMAN, looks back on the issues arising in Indigenous policy over the last 50 years and questions its progress. "I remain slightly uncomfortable about talking about the lives of others," he writes, "but better me than yet another armchair expert from the eastern seaboard who has never spent serious time in the Northern Territory, let alone with Aboriginal people." This is the text version of his Eric Johnston lecture, presented at the Northern Territory Library on November 14 2013.
The NPY Women’s Council topped the Indigenous Incorporated category at the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards for its strong leadership in promoting the health, safety and culture of women in the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands, writes Jenny Maklin MP, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.