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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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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Imaginary Spear Outrages Australia. Slap On The Wrist For Hit And Run Death Of Black Child Doesn’t

Originally published by New Matilda on July 27, 2015 Last week, a 23-year-old non-Indigenous man in Darwin walked free after a hit and run that killed a 8-year-old Aboriginal boy – Jack Sultan Page. Michael Alexander, who was also charged and fined for possession of methamphetamine, faced a 10-year maximum jail sentence. Instead he was […]

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Calls For Aboriginal Juvenile To Be Shot For Target Practice After Public Shaming By NT Police

Originally published by New Matilda on June 18, 2015 Social media users have called on Aboriginal youth who have escaped from the Don Dale Detention centre to be ‘shot’, used for target practice, or fried on electric fences after NT Police uploaded pictures of juvenile offenders on their official social media accounts, calling into question […]

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