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Abbott is quietly failing on his ‘PM for Aboriginal affairs’ promise

Elizabeth Strakosch writes in The Conversation of 23 May 2014 that despite prime minister Tony Abbott’s apparent passion for Indigenous affairs, last week’s federal budget – his government’s first – shows he has followed a well-trodden political path.  This path leads from statesman-like pronouncements, about fundamental change to the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, to neglect, cuts and harsh policy measures. While it is never unexpected, this change is always disappointing.

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