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Tuesday 7 August 2012

'Insight': Aboriginal or Not

Interestingly, more Australians than ever are identifying in the Census as Indigenous. In fact, the number has risen more than 20 per cent since 2006.

But there is debate in some Aboriginal communities over who should be able to call themselves Aboriginal, whether appearance or postcode should have anything to do with it, and whether the current certification system is working as well as it should be.

While Australians may personally identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, not everyone has a document to prove it. 

And this then becomes a problem when Indigenous-specific services (housing, education) require people to provide a ‘certificate of Aboriginality’. Some claim the system is flawed because of arbitrary criteria and internal politics.

'Insight' brings together a studio audience of diverse Aboriginal Australians from around the country for a rare and raw discussion on the concept of Aboriginal identity.

This episode of 'Insight' is hosted by Anton Enus, and screens Tuesday 7 August 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

For more, go here: www.sbs.com.au/insight, and you can follow the convo on Twitter: #InsightSBS

Here are some preview clips from the program:

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