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 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 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 […]Read more "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 16, 2015 For a very long time, Aboriginal people were given very little chance to reply to racist comments, in a media saturated by non-Indigenous voices. It was just one of the reasons behind the emergence of an Aboriginal media, which thrives in some sections, but is nonetheless, […]Read more "Black Power Of The Press In The Face Of Andrew Bolt’s White Media Noise"
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 […]Read more "Calls For Aboriginal Juvenile To Be Shot For Target Practice After Public Shaming By NT Police"
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, November 10, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: I love seeing black faces on our predominately white screens, writes AMY MCQUIRE*. For so long, the only time we saw ourselves was through the long lens of white Australia. These negative images were filmed from afar – from the days of black and white to […]Read more "Knocking them off their pedestals"