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 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"
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 at New Matilda on May 1, 2015 Broad sweeping statements about family violence in Aboriginal communities and calls to punish perpetrators more harshly could adversely affect Aboriginal women, who are the fastest growing demographic in prison, a leader of a new campaign to cut rising Indigenous incarceration rates has warned. The newly formed […]Read more "COAG Urged To Fight Root Causes Of Indigenous Incarceration"
Originally published by New Matilda on March 5, 2015 When I think of strong women I have had the privilege of meeting in my life – I think of people like Rosalie Kunoth Monks, Larissa Behrendt, Nicole Watson, Marianne McKay, Celeste Liddle, Kelly Briggs, Vanessa Culbong, Karen Fusi, Bev Manton, and many, many others who […]Read more "All Feminists Are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others"
By Amy McQuire, October 11, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Recently, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles sent Alison Anderson to the backbench – promoting Warlpiri woman Bess Price to Anderson’s portfolios – including the Women’s Policy ministry. It may seem a natural fit, given Price’s noted advocacy for the rights of Aboriginal women. Price often recounts […]Read more "No winners in the blame game"
By Amy McQuire, September 3, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NORTHERN TERRITORY: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is an unconventional political candidate – but not for the reasons you’d think. She’s a grandmother, a former movie star and an Arrente/Amatjere elder who tirelessly campaigns for her people – credentials unmatched by members of previous Parliaments. But perhaps the most unconventional […]Read more "Another choice at the ballot box"
By Amy McQuire, February 28th 2013, Tracker Magazine NEW SOUTH WALES: Aboriginal women are six times more likely to suffer a sexual assault than non-Indigenous women. But they are more than just victims, writes AMY MCQUIRE*. Yatungka Gordon is just one of many strong Aboriginal women who are working in an area silenced by taboos. Sexual […]Read more "We have your back"