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An election campaign in Reconciliation Week? Amid silence on Indigenous affairs, here’s what must be done

Jon Altman writes in The Conversation (27.5.16) about the absence of focus on Indigenous issues during the election campaign to date, and suggests policy matters that should be more prominent in campaign debate.

‘For the first time a federal election campaign is coinciding with National Reconciliation Week – May 27 to June 3.

‘One hopes this coincidence might spark some serious policy focus on Indigenous affairs. So far, it has been notably absent during the early weeks of the long election campaign.

‘ … The triple processes of reconciliation, recognition and treaty-making have become overpoliticised and bureaucratically stage-managed. Which party will support all three to open up future possibilities that accord with Indigenous aspirations?’

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