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Walking in two worlds: a reality for Indigenous Australians

As an Indigenous man and a HR Practitioner I often feel that I walk in two worlds. The reason I use this analogy is that is sums up the feeling…

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I’m sorry: sincere apologies are for those that make them, not just to whom they are made

Around this time each year, I am always reminded that there are still people who don’t ‘get it’. Working on KPMG’s Reconciliation Action Plan means that generally the people I…

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Mentoring Indigenous kids gives more than just a chance for a better education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Sadly, the story of a talented Indigenous kid who has difficulties with their teachers…

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“Ours” not “theirs” is the thinking we need on the journey towards reconciliation

Reconciliation Week begins today. It’s 25 years since the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) was established and in February this year, Reconciliation Australia issued a significant and important report, The…

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Closing the gap of Indigenous employment one job at a time

My name is Andrew Olsen and I am a proud Dhughetti and Anaiwan man from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Today I have been asked to write about…

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The key to staying positive: look backwards to look forwards

When I started thinking about writing this article, all of a sudden I felt very tired. The more I learn about Indigenous affairs in our country, the more I realise…

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It’s time to change it up!

On Tuesday evening at KPMG in Melbourne, we held a Q&A style panel event, hosted by Tony Jones, the popular host of ABC’s Q&A program.

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Identity: more than the colour of your skin

I am often asked about my Aboriginal heritage. “But you don’t look Aboriginal,” they say. “So how come you identify as Aboriginal?” The truth is my Aboriginal heritage isn’t something…

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The pathway to empowerment in Yorta Yorta country

Three weeks ago I moved to Shepparton on secondment for three months. I am working in the Goulburn-Murray region as part of the Empowered Communities, a national program, driven by…

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On secondment in Nhulunbuy: why maths matters

I’ve been in Nhulunbuy (aka Gove) in north eastern Arnhem Land on secondment with Jawun. It has been an excellent experience for me so far – full of new people, cultures,…

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A passion for Reconciliation

Jawun’ means ‘friend’ or ‘family’ in the Kuku Yalanji language of Mossman Gorge, Queensland. I have just come back from a six week secondment to Kununurra in the East Kimberley…

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Reconciliation: A landmark moment for Australia

Wednesday is International Human Rights Day. It’s on a day such as this that we should ask ourselves a key question: how can we ensure equality of opportunity for all…

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One vote: one Australia

Engagement in the Australian electoral system is lowest in Australians aged 25 years and under, whether it be through informal voting or not voting at all. This statistic is even…

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