Knowledge and Sustainability

When a group of urban university students are asked, “What springs to mind when you think of Aboriginal Australia, past and present?”, a mostly ignorant but well-intentioned chorus respond with those familiar ramblings related to “nomadic life”, conjuring colonial visions of the primitive Other. Architecture, land cultivation and land management,…

Indigenous Languages - Avoiding a silent future

In 2002 Big Bill Niedjie passed away, and Indigenous Australian’s lost an outstanding leader. Among the many eulogies voiced by people and organisations across the nation, Northern Land Council chairman Galarrwuy Yunupingu said Big Bill’s constant endeavour to bridge the cultural and historical divide between black and white…

The Stolen Generations

The Stolen Generations refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were removed from their families by Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions between 1910 and 1970 through a policy of assimilation. Under this policy, the forcible removal of First Australian children was made legal.…

Deaths in Custody

Deaths in custody: 25 years after the royal commission, we've gone backwards Thalia Anthony, University of Technology Sydney It has been almost three decades since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its national report. With five volumes of research, investigative accounts of 99 deaths in custody, and…

Mabo and Native Title

The Mabo decision and Native Title On June 3 1992, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the long-running case of Eddie Koiki Mabo and his compatriots from the Torres Strait island of Mer. Together they challenged the authority of the Queensland government to claim not just…

The intervention - 10 years on

Ten years on, it's time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention In political terms, the Howard government faced little opposition to the Northern Territory Intervention. AAP/Alan Porritt Diana Perche, UNSW Ten years ago this month, the then prime minister, John Howard, and his indigenous affairs…

The Uluru statement

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit? The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones Harry Hobbs, UNSW Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. They…

Australia Day

January 26, 1788: The day Captain Arthur Phillip landed on Australian soil with the First Fleet of British ships, raising the British flag at Sydney Cove to claim New South Wales as a British Colony. This day marks the beginning of a long and brutal colonisation of people and land.…

The 1967 Referendum

‘Right wrongs, write Yes’: what was the 1967 referendum all about? At a demonstration, Faith Bandler (right) and her daughter Lilon (2R) appeal to national unity as grounds for constitutional amendment. Aboriginal Studies Press Russell McGregor, James Cook University On May 27, 1967, campaigners for Aboriginal rights and status won…

Land Rights in the Northern Territory

Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group has a story to tell of resistance and the fight for their land and their rights. These movements have culminated in the land rights legislation we have in the Northern Territory today. Land Rights Legislation The Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern…