Racism

Australia & NZ, Racism

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

On Saturday July 18 Australia’s most vitriolic racists planned to join with neo-Nazi groups to hold the country’s “biggest ever patriot rally” in Melbourne. In response the #NoRoomForRacism campaign organised a rally to counter their plans. In the end, just over 100 people joined the racists and neo-Nazis in front […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

Aboriginal people rightly skeptical about Recognise campaign

Aboriginal people rightly skeptical about Recognise campaign

The government-backed campaign to acknowledge Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution is mired in controversy. Polls are showing a majority of Aboriginal people do not support the ‘Recognise’ campaign, and would vote against the proposed changes if a referendum were held. While ‘Recognise’ describes itself as grassroots, the guest lists […]

Australia & NZ, Racism

Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

Abbott’s Islamophobia fuelling far-right revival

“Frankly, heads should roll over this,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott in June. He was not talking about the claims of widespread child sexual abuse in refugee detention centers. He was not referencing the expose of his own Liberal Party taking money from the mafia. He was not speaking of […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

Mabo: 20 years on

Mabo: 20 years on

What has native title achieved? Last month marked the 20th Anniversary of the Mabo High Court ruling which resulted in the first native title recognition for Aboriginal people in Australia. In 1982 Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo led a legal claim of ownership rights to land on Murray Island in the Torres […]