Charles Jacobs

Beware of overusing Indigenous business targets

3 May 2018 12:55 pm

The Indigenous business sector is booming. But recent calls for more targets to boost Aboriginal companies must be treated with…

Australian democracy is alive and kicking

12 April 2018 11:27 am

Our two-party system is broken, Australian democracy is in a ‘parlous state’, and the populists are marching on Canberra in…

Indigenous leasing limbo

14 March 2018 7:21 pm

When picturing Indigenous land rights and economic development you typically conjure images of remote outstations, the challenges of developing infrastructure…

The January 27 hangover

30 January 2018 1:00 pm

Australians of all political persuasions rubbed their eyes and opened their curtains this week with one hell of a hangover.…

The great Indigenous funding fallacy

17 January 2018 4:07 pm

Aboriginal people in the ACT are receiving a similar level of government funding to those in Western Australia, despite having…

Another year, another failure to close the gap

4 January 2018 6:10 pm

A new year typically brings optimism, hope and a sense of progression. However, for the most disadvantaged Indigenous people, 2018…

The Indigenous Procurement Policy makes ticking boxes easy

15 December 2017 10:59 am

The federal government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) is regularly touted as ‘supercharging’ the Indigenous business sector. But the flawed way…

How policy prevents Indigenous economic inclusion

17 November 2017 7:27 am

You would be forgiven for being stunned by the recent revelations of wide-scale fraud and financial instability in job agencies…

Building Indigenous competitive advantage

13 July 2017 4:06 pm

The ABC’s recent Alice Springs Q&A highlighted many key features of the Indigenous disadvantage debate — both positive and negative.  While issues…