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January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

January 26 is Invasion Day and we all have a stake in it

For many Australians January 26th represents a day off work, an invite to many barbeques and an opportunity to celebrate some of the quirks of Australian culture. For those of us critical of the use of nationalism as a political tool, the jingoism displayed in this day is tedious and […]

Australia & NZ, Indigenous, Racism

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The legacy of the ‘prime minister for Indigenous Affairs’

Many people will remember Tony Abbott as the prime minister who called living in a remote Aboriginal community a ‘lifestyle choice’. It was a statement that prompted angry backlash and led tens of thousands of people to protest proposed forced closures of Aboriginal communities. More than just an incredibly demeaning […]

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, 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 […]