The Hon Alan Tudge MP in conversation with Kerryn Pholi

 Tuesday 1 April 2014

Indigenous affairs in Australia has been divided by two orthodoxies – culture vs economic development. The culture camp views indigenous culture as something which must be preserved and promoted separately from mainstream Australia, via culturally-appropriate policies for many areas of life including housing, employment and schooling. Opponents to this view have argued that the economic development of indigenous people must come first to ensure they have access to the same health, wealth and justice as the rest of the population. The economic development view, articulated most vocally in recent years by the late Helen Hughes and her son Mark Hughes, has pricked the ears of conservative intellectuals and policy-makers, but can we expect to see a shift in indigenous policy under the new federal government?

Join us for a discussion about the future of indigenous affairs in Australia and whether this ideological divide can be reconciled.

Date: Tuesday 1st April 2014
Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Venue: Thai Nesia, 243 Oxford Street Darlinghurst
Cost: $66 (+GST) for dinner, drinks and contrarian conversation

 About Our Speakers:

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Alan Tudge is federal representative for the seat of Aston in outer East Melbourne. Prior to entering parliament Alan was a consultant with BCG, an advisor to former Education and Foreign Ministers and Deputy Director of Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute. His areas of policy interest include education and indigenous affairs and he is co-founder of Teach for Australia which supports top graduates to teach in disadvantaged schools.

Kerry Pholi

Kerryn Pholi is a researcher and teacher. Kerryn came to prominence in 2012 with a series of articles in The Drum, Quadrant and The Australian renouncing the privileges she had received for being an Aboriginal woman. She has worked in indigenous research and policy in a number of government agencies and NGOs. Kerryn is currently a teacher in Canberra.