How does Indigenous policy signed off in Canberra work—or not—when implemented in remote Aboriginal communities? 

ISSR Professor Mark Moran, alongside contributors Alyson Wright and Professor Paul Memmott, have spent decades trying to answer this question.

What, they ask, is the right balance between respecting local traditions and making significant improvement in the areas of alcohol consumption, home ownership and revitalising cultural practices?

Their latest book attempts to unravel these issues. In a context where politics and policy dominate, Serious Whitefella Stuff provides a rare examination of practice in Australian Indigenous affairs.

“The mismatch between policy and frontline practice is much greater than one would expect to find under a system designed to address Indigenous disadvantage,” Professor Moran said.

“We need to spend less time playing politics and look to the innovations occurring every day across Australia, independent of policy.”

The stories included in Serious Whitefella Stuff come from five remote Indigenous communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory, and draw on the personal experiences of the authors.

Since publication, the book has been featured on ABC RN Big Ideas, and in Development Policy Centre blog.

Serious Whitefella Stuff: When solutions became the problem in Indigenous Affairs can be purchased through local bookstores or Melbourne University Press.

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02 February 2016