Closing the space between us: the rights of Aboriginal children


This opinion piece, delivered as the University of Newcastle’s 2007 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture, has called the Australian Government to task over its treatment of Aboriginal children. In the speech, prominent Australian journalist and commentator Jeff McMullen called the federal intervention in the Northern Territory ‘blatant discrimination’ and said that Australia was in a state of emergency. Stating that closing the gap in education is the nation’s most crucial challenge, he introduced a ten-point plan that draws together ideas and actions to improve the lives of Aboriginal children. He argued that without education, Aboriginal children will never find their way out of the maze of poverty and poor health.