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The thoughts of Alexander Downer on addressing Indigenous poverty

BRboxseatThere's a BBC presenter in the UK called Jeremy Paxman who prides himself on giving politicians a hard time in interviews.

He's a kind of Tony Jones with real teeth. I was on Paxman's show one night during a visit to London. After preliminary banter about what a great place everyone thinks Australia is, he launched into me in a frenzy, saying the living standards of our Indigenous people were a disgrace. On and...

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:45

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Fight for the right to drink on Palm

alf-laceyStanding on the Palm Island jetty, waiting for the Townsville ferry to arrive, seems at first just another lazy tropical interlude. The coconut palms lining the beach sway and creak in the breeze. Fat mullet glide through blue-green shallows. True, several police dot the jetty, but their casual chatter and relaxed stance dispel any unease. Until the boat arrives.

As the SeaLink ferry, a sleek, monster catamaran...

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:34

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