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 April 14, 2015 A prominent Aboriginal lawyer says there has never been a “damaging split” in the contentious debate to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution, and says the campaign is “dead anyway and won’t get up”. This week Cape York lawyer Noel Pearson again threw his […]Read more "Recognise Cracks Deepen As Tasmanian Leader Says Referendum Won’t Bring Justice"
Originally published by New Matilda on April 2, 2015 It’s an old American adage that says any child, regardless of their colour, or gender can become President. The reality is of course far removed from the rhetoric. The United States has only ever voted in one black head of state. But nevertheless, it is telling […]Read more "The Hunt For Billy Gordon"
Originally published on February 19, 2015 Late last year, politicians of all stripes came together on an emotional and apolitical day in NSW Parliament, to table a report calling for justice for the families of three Aboriginal children murdered on the NSW mid north coast more than two decades ago. Three months on, the NSW Greens […]Read more "Bowraville Families Still Waiting For Response To Parliamentary Inquiry"
Originally published by New Matilda on February 25, 2015 They say the pen is mightier than the sword. But when the other side holds not only the power of the pen, but all the public relations and legal representation money can buy, you look for other weapons in your arsenal. For senior Garrawa elder Jacky Green, […]Read more "Beyond Dot Paintings"
Originally published by New Matilda on December 12, 2014 The great academic Noam Chomsky once wrote: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum”. This quote perfectly encapsulates the current debate around constitutional reform – where there […]Read more "‘Recognising’ The Artful Con That Is The Constitutional Reform Debate"
with Brian Johnstone, originally published at New Matilda on November 26, 2014 The NSW government was prepared to rush through “misleading” legislation curtailing land rights despite being warned that public access to beaches was not threatened by Aboriginal land claims in an attempt to drum up a fear campaign around the issue, a Greens MLC […]Read more "‘Fear Campaign’ Behind Attack On Land Rights"
Published by New Matilda on December 9, 2014 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory will be working for around $5 cash an hour under changes to a remote work-for-the-dole scheme, bringing back memories of the old ‘work for rations’ days. The Abbott government has announced changes to the Remote Jobs and Community Program (RJCP), which […]Read more "Black Australia Would Be ‘Essentially Free Labour’ Under Work-For-The-Dole Changes"
Originally published by New Matilda on November 18, 2014 Tonight, well-known Australian journalist Ray Martin will take six non-Indigenous Australians on a journey of discovery across Aboriginal Australia, in a mission to confront the racist and ignorant views they have about First Nations people. The six include a woman who labels blackfellas “petrol sniffers”, one who […]Read more "A First Look At First Contact, SBS’s New Indigenous Miniseries"
Originally published by New Matilda on December 4, 2014 A police officer who beat an Aboriginal man to death on Palm Island just over a decade ago after arresting him for swearing, has been questioned in a Queensland court over his use of force after a man allegedly swore at him on the Gold Coast. Senior […]Read more "Palm Island Killer Cop Questioned Over Violent Arrest"