Most of us have never been to a remote Aboriginal community. All we know is what we hear in the media about the failure of government policies, the turnover of programs, the slow rate of change.
But what is happening on the ground and why are the problems so intractable? How does Aboriginal policy signed off in Canberra work, or not, when implemented in remote Aboriginal communities?
Serious Whitefella Stuff takes us to remote communities to show how Aboriginal people and frontline workers are struggling to turn policy and programs into workable practice.
What, they ask, is the right balance between respecting local traditions and making significant improvement in the areas of alcohol consumption, home ownership, and revitalising cultural practices?
Each case study, whether it focuses on attempts to prohibit alcohol, revive culture or grapple with housing issues, seeks to capture the day-to-day complexities of the problems faced, and how many of these problems are exacerbated or even caused by policymakers who "remain blissfully detached" from the realities on the ground.