Tag: Aboriginal Australians

The Unfinished Business of 1967

Treaty and Voice were being spoken of from the moment the referendum was won.

Editorial: Many Faces of Colonising Power

How will the Voice, if it comes into being, handle the further deracination of Culture in the hands of sympathetic technocrats, used as a tool itself of enlightened governance of Indigenous people and their aspirations?

Notes of an Arrernte ‘Undecided’

A Yes vote won’t change whose constitution it is, a no vote won’t take the struggle back decades....

Whose voice counts on Aboriginal heritage?

Nothing has been achieved, even after promises that things would change following the international scandal that was the destruction of Juukan Gorge.

‘Breaking the Cycle’?: Criminalising youth in Alice Springs‘

Government approaches that frame young street-walkers as ‘anti-social’ individuals who have followed the wrong ‘path’ are inherently divisive.

The Kumanjayi Walker Inquest: Bodycam, fear and the unmaking of intercultural relations

The quest to understand the death of Kumanjayi Walker has progressively opened out to reveal a wider plain of consequence. Withdrawal, disengagement, lack of trust, betrayal.

Outside In: AUKUS and the contradictions of sovereignty

The dilemma for Australian First Nations people is that they are getting a foothold on sovereign claims within the nation, at the same time as the sovereignty that was to be divided is being given away as a whole package.

Rupture in Remote Australia

Australians are being asked to vote in support of the constitutional establishment of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament while the work of successive governments, Coalition and Labor alike, has been complicit in the killing of First Nations people.

What the meaning of Don Dale Is

The prison’s survival is a measure of our country’s moral decline.

Changing Fire Imaginaries: Walking together to reap the ethical and practical benefits of cultural burning

If a solution to the problem of fire in contemporary Australian society is to be found, it will not be at a purely technical level but will require a deep cultural and psychic reorientation.

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.