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Aboriginal Politics in the Real World

For all the discussion, debate, money and time spent on Aboriginal advancement in Australia, how much do we really understand about indigenous life and politics in the real world? What progress has been made since the Intervention, the apology and the introduction of countless programs and policies directed towards indigenous Australians? What really matters to Aboriginal people in remote communities?

Alison Anderson is one of Australia’s most distinctive and independent politicians. She has served her Central Desert constituency in the Northern Territory since 2005 as a Labor government minister, an independent, and currently as the Minister for Aboriginal Advancement and Regional Development and Women’s Policy, for the Country Liberal Party government.

Join host Sally Warhaft and special guest Alison Nampitjinpa Anderson, for this spotlight conversation about politics and life in northern Australia.

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Portrait of Alison Anderson

Alison Anderson

Alison Nampitjinpa Anderson is an Australian politician. She is a former Minister for Aboriginal Advancement, Regional Development and Women’s Policy in the Northern Territory’s Country Liberal Party Government.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.


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