Some of the best news to come out of the Queensland election is that Leeanne Enoch has just secured victory in her Brisbane seat. The new MP for Algester won for Labor, making her the first female Indigenous MP in Queensland. Enoch won her seat with a swing of 17.5%. Leeanne is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She… Read more →
“According to a new report, people with disabilities are over-represented within prison, with rates of mental illness and brain injury far above the general population. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also more likely to have disability, particularly children. People with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence, with 90% of women with intellectual disability reporting sexual abuse in one study, most before they turned 18.”
Welcome to the 69th Down Under Feminists Carnival. This month read some of the best posts from January 2014.
My reading list for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
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.
These women from the Standing Rock Indian Nation in North Dakota are only holding this Nazi flag up to the camera because they’re about to burn it, having captured it from public display on the property of a white supremacist in the nearby very small town of Leith, ND.
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.
I plan to head into town tomorrow for NAIDOC in the City in Hyde Park – the forecast is for a beautiful sunny day, so it should be especially joyous.
I haven’t been paying attention to all the details of who said what about Adam Goodes since the on-field incident last week, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see Eddie Maguire now offering proper acknowledgements of the effects of racial vilification and proper apologies for uttering a racial slur. It’s a start.
From Destroy the Joint, a call for action at NSW state level: call upon the Attorney General Greg Smith to issue a direction to the NSW DPP under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act to ensure that no one is prosecuted solely for retracting an allegation of domestic or sexual violence without the approval of a senior lawyer within the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Update: Attorney-General Greg Smith has made a statement that he has no plans to revise the existing laws relating to this matter. Now is the time to up the pressure.
Link round up for the 5th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation [edited ~M]
Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and always a wise voice from the Aboriginal community, wrote this about the significance of what we have chosen to commemorate today. I found it both insightful and moving, and (with his permission) wanted to share it:
The current Zimbabwean Minister for Reconciliation, Healing and Integration has a long history with Australia, going back to her days as a university student. Sekai was here this week to accept the Sydney Peace prize, and give its associated lecture.