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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Northern Territory abuse reflects OUR ‘blame’ culture.

BLAME! Sadly, in Australia today we have a culture of blame. When things go wrong, usually the first response is to start pointing fingers. We have to have a culprit. Not only that but, far too often, we then seek revenge. That revenge can take many forms. It may mean public shaming, imprisonment, excessive claims for “compensation”, calls for harsher penalties or longer sentences. Whatever its nature it reflects the…

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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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Only 58% of First Australians registered to vote.

Yes, Paul, we should not only be asking why – in many respects that’s probably only too obvious – what we need to be doing is working to change this. As long as we have non-aboriginal population that is prepared to vote for and support politicians and governments with neither compassion nor respect for human beings, this situation will continue. Sadly today we have a materialistic and consumerist culture that…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor describes how he grew up ashamed of his background, in a land where his people were treated as a ‘prehistoric relic’ – and tells why inspiration from his ancestors has now driven him to stand up and speak out. ‘Everything we have won has come from dissent’ Source: Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

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Northern Territory intervention ‘fails on human rights’ and closing the gap

A few years ago I attended training in a Joanna Briggs Institute course teaching the appropriate steps in conducting a Systematic Reviw, i.e. an identification, collection and analysis of all research studies dealing with particular question or topic and the production of a summary of the current evidence on that topic. The course was designed around giving practical skills so participants actually used the processes of designing a systematic review…

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