Noel Pearson

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Noel Pearson is co-chair of Good to Great Schools Australia and policy adviser to Cape York Partnership.

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The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship
“Don’t get mad, get even.” This was Paul Keating’s advice when I made what only he could so aptly describe as a “jerky move”, channelling my febrile anger at the Howard...
Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must be more than just tokenism
A job half undone
I am sitting on a verandah on Thursday Island, where the last of 12 First Nations dialogues on the constitutional recognition of Australia’s original peoples is taking place. Each...
Why indigenous languages should be spoken in our parliaments
Mind our language
The electorate of Stuart, in the Northern Territory, includes the ancient homeland of the Warlpiri. The Warlpiri’s ownership of this region, and their language, predates the...
The constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians requires meaningful consultation
Process of recognition
It’s all about the process. The politicians, their advisers and their spin doctors have alighted on the importance of process. The substantive policies and politics of a complex...
Noel Pearson and Tony Abbott
Ten years of struggle and success in indigenous Australia
Remote control
I   I’ve been to many remote places in Australia, but this is entirely new to me. I don’t know the desert. From the air, the vastness of the rolling dunes, green after...
Race, recognition and a more complete Commonwealth
A rightful place
Had Galarrwuy Yunupingu and his dilak elders been present at the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, there might have been a scene like this: I wait for the new...
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The corporate fallacy
A few prescient people – too few of them economists – are entitled to say of the current economic crisis, “I told you so.” One is Ian Macfarlane, the former governor of the...
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What he must do to win
Last year, Shelby Steele accepted an invitation to the Cape York Institute's ‘Strong Foundations' conference. Steele is a leading intellectual of African-American heritage and one...