The Australia Institute will host Politics in the Pub on Wednesday 20 April. Professor Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU, will discuss the topic Interventions: Why Indigenous policy is destined to fail and what should be done. In February Julia Gillard delivered the annual Closing the Gap statement. No information on outcomes was provided; instead the PM and the media highlighted the role that Indigenous Australians need to play in lifting themselves from deeply entrenched poverty. Indigenous policy is in a nadir, it is top down, paternalistic and destined to fail despite expenditure of billions. How might it be recast to provide better outcomes that might accord with the diversity of Indigenous circumstances and aspirations? Professor Jon Altman was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the ANU from 1990–2010. He has been a critic of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Intervention since it was launched in 2007. He has recently co-edited two books Coercive Reconciliation (2007) and Culture Crisis (2010) on remote interventions. Wednesday 20 April 6 – 7pm (doors open at 5.30pm) The Lounge Bar at The Uni Pub 17 London Circuit Canberra FREE: no RSVP required For more information contact Serena Rogers on 0421 759 262.