Gomeroi author, blogger and activist Kelly Briggs recently wrote in the Guardian’s Comment is Free of the pressing need for white feminists in Australia to talk seriously about race.
Yesterday someone threw a bomb out of a car at a group of Aboriginal people at the One Mile Community in Broome, in Western Australia. Four people were injured, one seriously. Can you find it in the news?
Deborah Mailman has been one of Australia’s most beloved actors for a couple of decades now, despite managing to look twenty only recently in the Sapphires.
This is the 62nd monthly Down Under Feminists Carnival. This edition of the carnival gathers together June 2013 feminist posts from writers living in Australia and New Zealand.
Yesterday, the Minister for the Arts unveiled Australia’s new National Cultural Policy.
“Creative Australia, the Australian Government’s 2013 national cultural policy, celebrates Australia’s strong, diverse and inclusive culture. It describes the essential role arts and culture play in the life of every Australian and how creativity is central to Australia’s economic and social success: a creative nation is a productive nation.”
[Cross posted at Ariane’s Little World] The global coverage of the horrific death of a woman from Delhi has certainly shone the light on the difficulties of navigating universal women’s rights in a world where cultures are not all the same, and are certainly not equal in power. As usual the Oz has lead the way in how not to… Read more →
If you raise these issues when Gillard is riding high, you are accused of trying to bring her down. If you raise the issue when Gillard is trailing in the polls you are accused of trying to destroy her chances. If you raise these issues when everything is going smoothly then you are accused of rocking the boat.
Today, it is twenty years since since native title was first recognised in Australia and the doctrine of terra nullius was rejected by the High Court.
Jo Tamar’s first review for the 2012 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.
I put up a post on LP about it yesterday. The discussion is mostly better than I feared.
The hanging suicide of a transgender Aboriginal woman in a male jail could not have been prevented by the Department of Corrective Services, a coroner has found.
If, like me, you are interested in seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, you will be delighted to hear that the Belvoir Street Theatre’s collaboration with Big hARTto produce Namatjira has resulted in the best play I’ve seen for a long, long time.
five young men in the Northern Territory – Scott Doody, Timothy Hird, Joshua Spears, Anton Kloeden, and Glen Swain – who after a drinking spree drove along the Todd River creek-bed deliberately terrorising sleeping aboriginals camping there, and who then beat one of those terrorised people, a young man named Kwementyaye Ryder, to death after he threw a bottle at their car
The Guardian has this quote from James Cameron, director of the movie Avatar, which has been widely criticised as a White Saviour movie. (See our previous conversation on Avatar.) Cameron said witnessing indigenous ceremonies and meetings in the Amazon had made him reflect on the plight of the North American Indians and inspired him to attempt to give the “global… Read more →