Presented by Professor Sarah Maddison (University of Melbourne). 

Please note change of time and venue. 

In conversation with Dr Jackie Huggins AM, faciliated by Dr Elizabeth Strakosch

Australia is wreaking devastation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Whateverthe policy, government has done little to improve their quality of life. In far too many instances, interaction with governments has only made Indigenous lives worse. In The Colonial Fantasy, Sarah Maddison argues that white Australia can’t solve black problems because white Australia is the problem. Australia has resisted the one thing that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want, and the one thing that has made a difference elsewhere: the ability to control and manage their own lives.

Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics at the University of Melbourne and co-director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration. She is author of Black Politics and Beyond White Guilt.

Free event but RSVP required here

The event is co-hosted with the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Political Science Association. For further information contact Prof Rolan Bleiker (


About School Research Seminar Series

This series brings together the School’s research community and domestic as well as international leaders in the field of politics and international affairs. Across each semester, the series showcases a diverse and exciting range of topics. All are welcome to attend.

For any inquiries, please contact Emily Sievers ( 
Please note that many past research seminars are recorded and are available online. 

The Research Seminar Series program for Semester 1, 2023 

Artwork: Forme bleue (1935) by Sophie Taeuber-Arp


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