Bringing Aboriginal voices into policy


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A new generation - new conversations

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM, and Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW talk about the changes that the emerging generation of young Aboriginal people who are well educated, culturally strong and fed up with old ways of working, and the conversations Australia is having about Aboriginal peoples.

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Bring us policy approaches that nurture hope

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Changing from ‘fixing problems’ to positive aspirations

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM, and Jason Ardler the Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW talk about the transformation that occurs in the relationship between government and Aboriginal peoples when conversations shift from focusing on 'fixing families up' through services and programs, to Aboriginal people’s positive aspirations.

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Developing a different relationship and what it means

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM, and Jason Ardler the Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW, talk about building the confidence and trust of Aboriginal peoples and government’s understanding of what Aboriginal peoples want from local decision making. It has taken time for communities to accept we are true to our word and for government to make the required changes.

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Is more consultation really necessary?

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM and Jason Ardler the Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW talk about the problem with starting every conversation government has with Aboriginal peoples as if there had been no previous conversation. Conversations need to continue and built from what has been said before.

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Join the movement to bring Aboriginal voice into NSW policy

On March 1, 2018, Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs New South Wales shares his experiences on what is required to bring Aboriginal voices directly into policy development and the positive impact when this is done well. He invites us to join the movement for change underway in New South Wales.

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Positive policy making

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM, and Jason Ardler the Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW talk about how policy making appears captured by the belief that it ‘doesn’t matter what is done nothing will improve’. Shifting this requires changing the relationship between government and Aboriginal peoples, learning together and mutual accountability.

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Relationships are fundamental to change

In February 2018, Jeff McMullen AM and Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW talk about how careful listening can empower local relationships and meaningful change. This requires government to give up its power and be open to discussions about different ways of knowing and understanding and establishing relationships that are robust, respectful and enduring.

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Tips for bringing Aboriginal voices into policy development

On 1 March, 2018, Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs in New South Wales summarises his tips for bringing Aboriginal voices into policy development.

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