Over the last few years, I have written a lot on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life, history and policy, 108 posts on this blog alone. Drawing together one thread in that writing, here without supporting argument are the four key failures that explain why policy towards Australia's indigenous peoples has failed and will largely continue to fail.
- Failure to distinguish between an Aboriginal specific problem and a general problem that affects Aboriginal people.
- Failure to recognise variation across space among our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Failure to recognise variation in time - past, present and likely future - among our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Failure to recognise that past policy failures are a key cause of future policy failures to the point that Australia's indigenous peoples would have been better off had Governments at all levels and at all times done nothing at all.