Tag: Aboriginal Australians

I’m still Dreaming of a Black Xmas stamp

In over sixty-six years of Christmas stamps, Australia has never issued one featuring an Aboriginal artwork, let alone a Black Virgin and Christ child.

Statement Against Racism in Western Australia

Colonialism is a system of violent occupation, theft and exclusion, and systematising of this occupation through generations and into any imagined future.

Booming contributions by First Nations to address Australia’s environmental crisis must be recognised

It is time for climate-change policies and programs at regional, state and federal levels to respond to the productive ‘climate action’ of First Nations people with recognition and respect, and equitable resourcing to allow it to flourish.

Indigenous Child Abuse Continues in Australia

No human being should be held in such a dystopian relic, let alone a troubled Indigenous child.

Unexplained Ordnance: A Missile on Aboriginal Land and a Breakthrough Legal Complaint

Saab, a Swedish multinational, had instant access at the most senior level, to both the state and federal government agencies responsible for dealing with the Saab missile problem, yet Andrew and Robert Starkey were fobbed off by all concerned.

Unexplained Ordnance: Missile in the Western Desert Sparks a Landmark Case

Australia hasn’t seen anything like this case before. In fact, in the world of OECD complaints, it’s a first.

Darwin Calling

The reality, the ‘truth’ of this situation, is that there is no way in the world white Australian children would be detained in such a place. This really is apartheid. How has Australia descended this low?

Myall Creek: A Need for Deeper Reconciliation

When one stands at this memorial, one should be able to look beyond the sacred space, beyond the granite boulder, to land that honours the original inhabitants, land that welcomes all, land teeming with native wildlife instead of introduced cattle and sheep. Isn’t that the ultimate memorial, the ultimate act of reconciliation?

The full truth of the past: native title and the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission

For Aboriginal people, formal recognition and, in particular, native title cannot be consigned to the margins or made invisible in the pursuit of truth and justice.

The Decline and Fall of the NT Legal System

The malaise that besets the NT legal system is symptomatic of Australia’s fall from grace as a country.

Dark Emu’s Critics

Whereas The Politics of Suffering, both essay and book, found a white audience willing to embrace his conservative view of Aboriginal people, Sutton’s promotion of Aboriginal permanence in this book has likely missed the contemporary zeitgeist.

Lest We Forget: The Harmful Policy Legacies of the Northern Territory Intervention

Fourteen years on, one looks back sadly at the devastation and havoc wreaked by the Intervention, with contemporary morbidity—long-term ill effects—experienced by many whom the imposed measures were supposed to heal and restore.