By Amy McQuire Originally published in The Guardian Australia on Friday 16 May 2014 The 12 year old Aboriginal boy was small for his age, but appeared even smaller as he sat in handcuffs, shadowed by two burly police officers in the north-western NSW town of Bourke. I was watching as a white magistrate, a […]Read more "Cash for jails: Tony Abbott’s budget for Indigenous Australia"
By Amy McQuire, Originally published in The Guardian Australia Monday 27 January 2014 Every year, Australia tries to wash away its hidden history with displays of overt nationalism. On 26 January, Australians plant their union jacks in parks and beaches across the country, or on the faces of small children who are taught nothing about […]Read more "Australia Day: Indigenous people are told to ‘get over it’. It’s impossible"
By Amy McQuire, April 22 2014, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Race relations have hit a new low in this country. The nation’s top lawmaker is now seeking to weaken one of the few protections against racial vilification afforded to minorities, to protect the rights of bigots. And the Human Rights Commissioner is paving the way. AMY […]Read more "Brandis, Bolt & Bigots"
By Amy McQuire, March 3, 2014, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Across New South Wales we are losing a generation of children to prison. It’s an urgent problem because these are our future leaders, writes AMY MCQUIRE*. The memory is hazy now, almost like a faded photograph in the back of her mind. She hardly talks about […]Read more "The Lost Generations"
By Amy McQuire, January 8, 2014, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Every year it feels as if Aboriginal media is getting stronger and weaker at the same time, writes AMY MCQUIRE*. We now have more representation than ever – both behind and in front of the screens. We have our own free-to-air channel – NITV – and […]Read more "EDITORIAL: The state of black media"
BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 26, 2013, Tracker Magazine NATIONAL: A NSW Parliamentary committee will hear from the relatives of the Bowraville murder victims as early as next year after the upper house voted unanimously in favour of an inquiry. It’s a development the families say gives them hope. It follows more than two decades of […]Read more "NSW Parliament votes for inquiry into Bowraville murders"
BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 20, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: As Australians, we like to think we care. We cried over Daniel Morcombe; we marched for Jill Meagher. But if we measure our society on how we treat our poorest citizens, I can’t help but feel we as a society have a very long way to […]Read more "White justice crippling a community"
By Amy McQuire, November 14, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: The ABC defamed “highly respected” elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks when it broadcast comments from a young Territorian of the Year claiming Ms Kunoth-Monks had labeled her home community “racist” during the tent embassy protests, the NT Supreme Court has ruled. Justice Dean Mildren awarded Ms Kunoth-Monks a total […]Read more "ABC defamed respected Aboriginal elder"
BY AMY MCQUIRE, NOVEMBER 12, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: In 1997, the investigation into the murders of Colleen Walker, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy Duroux was re-opened, led by Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin and former Detective Sergeant Jason Evers. It took them over a decade and countless visits to rebuild the trust of the community. […]Read more "Compounding a community’s ongoing grief"
By Amy McQuire, November 2013, TRACKER MAGAZINE NATIONAL: Three children were murdered on the Bowraville mission within five months of each other in 1990 to 1991. Only one man stands accused of these crimes, but thanks to a series of spectacular failures in the original police investigation – and a racist and apathetic justice system […]Read more "The ghosts of Bowraville"