Why didn’t she leave?

Originally published in the Koori Mail, April 20 2016   It is one of those comments that can strangle a person – the incredulous ‘Why didn’t she leave?’ It is used to bring the blame back onto the victim; to downgrade the seriousness of her experience. It’s a question that is not always easy to […]

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The Shock And Awe Cycle: How Apathy To Abuse Is Hidden By Blaming Black Communities

Originally published by New Matilda on March 24, 2016 When a report detailing sexual abuse in Queensland communities was released, politicians and journalists gushed with hyperbole. They were employing the same formula, used time and time again, that helps quash discussion of the deeper causes of abuse and ensures it will continue, writes Amy McQuire. […]

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The Viral Rise Of Stan Grant: Why Diplomacy Won’t Be Enough For Our People

Originally published on New Matilda on February 26, 2016 Aboriginal activists, thinkers, and writers walk a fine line. Advocate too strongly and you face exclusion, compromise too often and you’ll still end up with nothing. If Stan Grant goes to Canberra avoiding the latter will be his greatest challenge, writes Amy McQuire. Just before Invasion […]

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White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap

Originally published by New Matilda on February 10, 2016 ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned – he didn’t, for example, appoint […]

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In Canada And Australia, Aboriginal Women Reporting Disappearances Meet Entrenched Police Racism

Originally published by New Matilda on December 15, 2015 With the change of government in Canada, hard questions are being asked about hundreds of ‘missing’ Aboriginal women. As Amy McQuire reports, there are striking similarities between the treatment those women received and a number of cases in Australia. In 1990, Aboriginal woman Muriel Craig Walker […]

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Families Of Murdered Aboriginal Children Have Meeting With Attorney-General Delayed By Text

Originally published by New Matilda on November 26, 2015 The move, labelled ‘disrespectful’, has upset the Bowraville families who have already waited a quarter of a century for justice. Amy McQuire reports. The families of three Aboriginal children murdered on a small NSW mission more than two decades ago have again been left disappointed, after […]

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The More Things Change: Female Black Lives Don’t Matter. If They Did, Ms Dhu Would Still Be Alive

Originally published by New Matilda on November 24, 2015 As a coronial inquest continues into the death of a young Aboriginal woman in West Australia, Amy McQuire looks back at the warning signs ignored by a nation. In 1982, Aboriginal mother-of-five Nita Blankett was serving a six month sentence for driving offences at Bandyup Women’s […]

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