Australia's radical wealth conversion

As mining revenue swiftly transforms the wealth of some Aboriginal communities, it will raise the question of whether past strategies can be effective in the future.

As we watched the horrible images involving our prime minister and leader of the opposition being dragged away from the potential violence of small sections of the Aboriginal community, many Australians could not help thinking about the proposal to change the Constitution to give greater recognition to this section of the Australian community – a proposal that on the surface seemed fair.

But what few thought about is that in a few years large sections of the Aboriginal community are set to become among our richest people controlling tens of billions of dollars, reflecting the big slice of mining revenue they have negotiated.


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