First Australians continue to be failed by government & community.

How long must it take? We immigrants and descendants of colonisers occupy a continent that belongs to the First Australians. We ought to be grateful. Instead, we have inflicted on them everything from prejudice to genocide. We have raped, enslaved, massacred, dispossessed, stolen their children, neglected, insulted and demeaned the First Australians for their very existence. John Howard might well dismiss my comment as a “black armband view of history”…

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Betrayal

Eloquent and articulate. Noel Pearson offers a heartfelt glimpse into the hypocrisy, cowardice and deception brought by the political right and its leaders to a valid recognition of the First Australians. Within the eloquence that describes the struggle, there is an almost palpable pathos underscoring the betrayal that so many First Australians must feel both as individuals and as a collective. For me, this essay underlines what I have long…

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Parrtjima light festival illuminates Aboriginal culture

Congratulations to those who have put into the Festival of Light. I sincerely hope that it encourages the treasuring and preservation of First Australian culture, as well as a better understanding by non-Aboriginal people of how valuable this heritage is to the nation. I am aware that some First Australians see the event as an inappropriate one that does harm to Aboriginal heritage, tradition and belief and I hope that…

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Garma: In 2017, the struggle for Indigenous Australians

A commentator who tells it straight and fairly. Stan Grant is one of the rarest of commentators and broadcasters in that he tells it as it is and without malice, favouritism, ideological bias or innuendo. If you want to understand the current situation, history, and issues relating to the First Australians, look out for commentary by Stan Grant. You will rarely, if ever, find another who surpasses his intelligent, accurate…

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Backing for Indigenous treaty grows as constitutional recognition loses support

The First Australians are ENTITLED to a Treaty. Constitutional recognition will end up as, at best, a symbolic move and, in all probability, will actually diminish the status of the First Australians and weaken or negate their legitimate claim that they are the rightful owners of this land. So, the people who “owned” it ALL [and I recognise that such was not the same concept as the ownership that non-aboriginal…

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1788 – Invasion No. 1 – 2015 Invasion No. 2?

We, all Australian people, the First Australians and the last Australians and all of us in between who remain alive need to stand up against yet another abuse of the people from whom the British stole this land in 1788. Non Aboriginal Australians have not yet taken responsibility for the devastating effect that invasion had on the First Australians nor that, in so many ways, their ill-treatment and dispossession continues….

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Tony Abbott backs closure of remote Indigenous communities

Tony Abbott is a complete imposter. Our self appointed Minister for Indigenous Affairs shows a complete lack of understanding both for history and the rights of the traditional owners of this land. His claim that the government can’t support remote Aboriginal communities because the people living in them are making a “life-style choice” is both insulting and specious. Mr Abbott is determined to ignore the fact that this country belongs…

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All Feminists Are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others

I usually attempt to offer some comment on items that I re-post here. In this case I feel it would be presumptuous to do that – I am male and white. So, I will simply say that this speech is powerful, relevant and eloquent and, in my view, anyone that cares about Australia and its peoples, would do well to read it and reflect upon it. All Feminists Are Created…

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Peak Indigenous Body Acknowledges Resistance To Recognise Campaign

The First Australians still own this land. They have never ceded their occupation and ownership of the Australian continent to anyone. The land was occupied by the British in 1788 and what ensued was the subjugation of the First Australians, their forced dispossession, often inhuman treatment and discrimination. That discrimination has continued to the present day, in spite of the Referendum giving them the franchise, they remain essentially disenfranchised and,…

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