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. […]Read more "The Shock And Awe Cycle: How Apathy To Abuse Is Hidden By Blaming Black Communities"
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 […]Read more "The Viral Rise Of Stan Grant: Why Diplomacy Won’t Be Enough For Our People"
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 […]Read more "White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap"
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 […]Read more "In Canada And Australia, Aboriginal Women Reporting Disappearances Meet Entrenched Police Racism"
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 […]Read more "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 October 29, 2015 When Crabb breaks bread with the Morrisons and Macklins of the world she helps further marginalise the people being punished by their policies, writes Amy McQuire. ABC journalist Annabel Crabb last night began her sickeningly sweet profile of former Immigration Minister and current Treasurer Scott Morrison […]Read more "Junk Food Journalism: Why Annabel Crabb’s Kitchen Cabinet Is Toxic"
Originally published by New Matilda on September 15, 2015 Last night, the Liberals laid to rest our Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Anthony John Abbott – aka Tony Abbott – was said to be a man passionate about the nation’s First Peoples, a politician who was more than happy to give up the cold but […]Read more "Bright Spark, Black Day: The Political Obituary Of The Prime Minister For Indigenous Affairs"
Originally published by New Matilda on August 28, 2015 Prime Minister Tony Abbott unwittingly sang the praises of a celebrated Aboriginal-devised teaching method while on his trip to Bamaga this week, while his government continues to refuse to fund its expansion. In pictures and footage beamed across the country from the tiny Cape York community, […]Read more "Tony Abbott Hails Noel Pearson’s Impact On Cape York School, Which Pearson Has Nothing To Do With"
Originally published at New Matilda on August 27, 2015 Parliamentary secretary Alan Tudge seems to be enjoying his taxpayer-funded week in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, if his Twitter feed is anything to go by. He is one part of the team accompanying Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his second almost-week-long sojourn in […]Read more "On Tour With Tony: A Lapdog Media Dancing Around Black Issues Again"
Originally published by New Matilda on August 4, 2015 On this day last year, a 22-year-old Yamitji woman died in custody after being jailed in South Hedland for $1,000 in unpaid fines. She had committed no crime. Twice in the lead up to her death the young woman was transported to South Hedland Health Campus […]Read more "A Year After Her Death, The Family Of Julieka Dhu Have Been Failed"