In Victoria, two regulatory bodies, the construction watchdog and the gambling and casino control commission, have come under scrutiny for similar concerns related to their respective industries.

While the construction department has been criticised for inadequate oversight leading to families being left homeless by dodgy builders, the gambling industry is facing its own set of challenges with promotional lotteries that have been exploiting a legal loophole by using a backend product to effectively operate commercial lotteries, raising questions about the legality of these practices.

The current state of affairs in both the construction and gambling sectors underscores the critical need for robust regulations and heightened oversight. The overarching goal is to safeguard consumer protection, promote fairness, and maintain integrity within these industries.

It is crucial to address the concerns surrounding the current practices, as they appear to have persisted under the watch of the current Labor governments, Ministers, and bureaucrats.

Efforts must be made to rectify these issues and restore public trust in the governance of these sectors.

What’s this gotta do with Indigenous stuff?

The issue of government officials and bureaucrats allowing negative practices to occur under their watch extends beyond the construction and gambling sectors.

It also encompasses the concerning problem of Aboriginal identity fraud and the lack of decisive action taken to address this issue.

The act of individuals falsely claiming Aboriginal identity not only undermines the integrity of Indigenous cultures and communities but also hinders the efforts to achieve equity and address historical injustices.

It perpetuates a system where resources and opportunities intended for Indigenous people are misdirected to those who do not genuinely belong to the community. This diversion of resources not only undermines the well-being of Indigenous individuals and communities but also impedes the advancement of social and economic equality.

It is crucial for the government and relevant authorities to prioritise the identification and prevention of identity fraud. Strong measures must be implemented to crack down on individuals misrepresenting their Aboriginal identity for personal gain.

By doing so, it not only protects the rights and opportunities of First People but also upholds the values of justice and fairness that underpin efforts to close disparity gaps.

To achieve meaningful progress, it is imperative that governments, policy-makers, and Indigenous communities work collaboratively to develop and implement comprehensive strategies that address identity fraud.

This includes raising awareness, strengthening verification processes, and establishing penalties for those found guilty of fraudulent claims.

Only through decisive action can we ensure the protection of Indigenous rights, preserve cultural integrity, and foster true progress towards closing disparity gaps.

Indigenous art sector says sales have dropped after allegations of interference by white staff at Tjala Arts

The negative impact on the Aboriginal art sector due to the lack of integrity in genuine artwork created by Indigenous people is a matter of great concern.

This sector serves as a significant source of income for artists and communities.

While it is commendable that the government has launched an investigation into Aboriginal art authenticity to protect consumers and ensure the sustainability of the industry, it raises the question of why similar efforts have not been made to address the issue of Aboriginal identity fraud!?

Both issues involve misrepresentation and undermine the integrity and authenticity of Indigenous culture and market/industry. Just as there are measures in place to safeguard the authenticity of Aboriginal art, it is imperative that similar attention is given to the issue of identity fraud.

It is essential for the government to recognise the parallels between the challenges faced by the Aboriginal art sector and the issue of identity fraud.

Both require concerted efforts to establish mechanisms that preserve the authenticity and integrity of Indigenous culture, while also safeguarding the rights and opportunities of First People.


It is important to strike a balance between providing a supportive environment and avoiding unnecessary government intervention.

A responsible government should recognise the need to safeguard its citizens while also respecting individual freedoms and autonomy.

By finding this balance, the government can foster an environment that encourages growth, protects the well-being of its citizens, and supports the diverse needs of the community as a whole.

Through effective policies and enforcement across various sectors such as building, gambling, arts, and identification, the government has the power to create a more just and supportive environment that allows communities to thrive.

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