'Aborigine' or Aboriginal - what's the difference?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Aborigine, Blackfella, First Nations or First Australians? The terms have come to take on different meanings to different people, wrapped in the history and politics of the time. While there's not a unanimous view, some words are more appropriate to use than…

Race relations

To move forward on reconciliation, Australia must recognise it has a race relations problem Research shows most Indigenous people feel judged, stereotyped and disregarded by white people. AAP/Marianna Massey Daphne Habibis, University of Tasmania; Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania, and Penny Taylor, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation We know a…

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…

Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country An ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is used to pay respect to the fact that we are on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land. It can be done by everyone, Indigenous or non-Indigenous. An Acknowledgement of Country will often highlight the unique position of First Australians in Australian culture…