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NGARA is from the Darug language. It means to listen, hear and think.

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Recognition!
All friends and followers of the Ngara Institute, a grass-roots organization located on Bundjalung land and named in the Darug language, should be outraged by the way the Coalition Government recently reacted to the Uluru Statement. 

The Uluru statement reminds us that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were the first sovereign nations of the Australian continent. They possessed that land for sixty millennia, an ownership rejected under the false concept of ‘Terra Nullius’. The consensus achieved at the Uluru conference between more than 300 delegates from across Australia states:

 “We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution.”

Plundering the public purse
Amid all the creative accounting and assorted financial skulduggery revealed in the Panama and now Paradise papers, one major conclusion can be drawn: the rich and powerful love to secret away vast amounts of money in offshore bank accounts to bolster their already bloated coffers. This is a story of financial chicanery and dark money as well as an insight into the questionable ethics of the big end of town. 

Out of the wreckage
The boys are back in town. Actually, they’d never really left. After all, the thirteen thousand lobbyists crowded into Washington DC, the billionaire funders, and scores of compromised media moguls, academics and politicians have long advocated for corporate interests, and helped prop up a system that,  as Greg Jericho points out, is on the verge of collapse.

Corporate capitalism’s most ardent apologists no longer believe their own rhetoric. Self-deception and delusion are the order of the day. The weight of counter evidence is simply too strong. We know all this. The question now is how to further boost progressive movements and ensure that the plutocrats are reined in. 

Ideological bastardry
It’s the end of the week (for some), and the end of car manufacturing in Australia. A bitterly sad day for car workers in Adelaide and elsewhere. Many have devoted their lives in helping to create and build those once iconic Aussie vehicles. No longer.
These workers should still be in jobs, supported by the government (I use that term loosely!), and companies given the necessary dollars to ensure the development of a new generation of clean energy vehicles. Instead, the closure of car factories, and the Coalition government’s contribution to more un/under-employment, will long be remembered as an act of ideological bastardry.

 
 

Ngara Institute's Mission Statement

The Ngara Institute is a not-for-profit activist think tank which puts people, communities and the planet before increasingly predatory capitalism. We offer an intellectual and engaging space to critically reflect on how we can achieve a more just, peaceful and sustainable world based on the common good rather than private interest.

The Purpose of the institute is to:

  • Provide a counter-narrative to the views and opinions of Australian neoliberal think tanks
  • Foster critical thinking about local, national and international issues such as peace, globalisation, diminishing democracy, climate change, financial greed and growing inequality
  • Work alongside other peace and justice organisations for a more equitable, non-violent and compassionate future based on social justice and human rights and pursuit of the common good
  • Assert and support values and practices that enhance the life of all species and ecosystems
  • Learn and apply indigenous world views to all areas of life
  • Articulate and encourage post-carbon-growth scenarios
  • Revitalise local-democratic civic cultures, neighbourliness and cooperative systems of production
  • Inspire and promote viable and workable solutions to the complex challenges we all face.
 

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