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, October 20, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Prime Minister Tony Abbott did not spend his first week in the top job in Arnhem Land, as publicly promised, but it’s still likely he’ll make Yirrkala his first visit if Traditional Owners invite him. That’s despite calls for the Prime Minister to visit a New […]Read more "Abbott breaks first promise to spend week in community"
By Amy McQuire, October 20, 2013, Tracker Magazine. NATIONAL: Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion says on-the-spot fines to tackle truancy in Aboriginal communities would not be ruled out under an Abbott government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott outlined his preferred position to raise school attendance in Aboriginal communities in a speech to the Sydney Institute at […]Read more "On the spot fines still on table to tackle truancy"
BY TRACKER, MAY 17, 2012 NATIONAL: “Reconciliation” is a word that has a great deal of mainstream support, but is also the root of cynicism amongst many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a formal policy, it was first put forward by the Keating government, with the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation charged with leading […]Read more "Is reconciliation still alive, or is it just an empty concept?"