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Aboriginal Politics in the Real World


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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.


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. She is among Australia’s most senior indigenous politicians, and has been a promin... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more


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