Posts in: indigenous struggles

Talking to Andrea James about Yanagai! Yanagai!

Summer/Autumn 2007

Andrea James describes herself as a proud descendent of the Yorta Yorta and Kunai nations. She is a theatre worker and the current Artistic Director with Melbourne WorkersTheatre. Andrea is also an extraordinary playwright. In 1994, inspired by the decision of the YortaYorta people to lodge a land claim with the Native Tribunal Tribunal, she… Read more »

Noongar Native Title victory: Treaty Now!

Summer/Autumn 2007

It’s taken more than 200 years, but at last one of Australia’s first nations has been recognised by the courts as the original sovereign over a major urban area. In a rare display of justice for Indigenous Australians, a Federal judge ruled in September that the Noongar people of southwestern Australia still have Native Title… Read more »

Two initiatives to remember Errol Wyles Junior

Summer/Autumn 2007

Poet, Amelia Walker, came up with the idea of producing a zine to pay tribute to Errol Wyles Junior after she attended a screening of Black and White Justice, hosted by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (Melbourne Supporters Group). A major issue discussed that night was the lack of public awareness of how and why… Read more »

Queensland DPP fails Palm Island Community

Summer/Autumn 2007

“The whole system is rotten and needs to be changed,” said Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, after hearing about the decision of Queensland’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to charge Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley for his role in the 19 November 2004 death of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island. DPP… Read more »

Liyarn Ngarn: A journey of oppression, resistance and hope

Summer/Autumn 2008

Liyarn Ngarn is a road movie. British actor, Pete Postlethwaite, renowned for his roles in Brassed Off and In The Name of the Father, takes an outback trip through Western Australia with singer songwriter, Archie Roach. Roach’s haunting melodies, combined with Postlethwaite’s journey to learn about the oppression of Aboriginal Australians, makes for a dynamite… Read more »

Farewell Veronica Brodie

Winter/Spring 2007

Campaigners for Aboriginal justice lost a champion with the death of Veronica Brodie on the 3rd of May. Veronica, a respected elder, was a tireless freedom fighter from Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna nations. She was born Veronica Wilson at Point McLeay Mission, South Australia (SA) in 1941. Until the mid 1960s, her life was completely controlled by the… Read more »

Koorijack Speaks

Winter/Spring 2007

Koori Jack performs at the launch of his CD John Walker records and performs as Koorijack. In April, he launched a CD, A Place We Call Our Own. Alison Thorne caught up with him to discuss life, music and the struggle. I was born in Echuca, from the Yorta Yorta clan. When I was about… Read more »

After the Howard disaster: Indigenous leaders look to the future

Summer/Autumn 2008

Many Australians were jubilant to see former Prime Minister John Howard lose his own seat of Bennelong at the 24 November federal election. But for the Indigenous rights activists holding a sovereignty vigil outside the old Victorian Aboriginal Health Service building in Fitzroy on election night, the news that Mal Brough — architect of the… Read more »

April 2008 national day of protest demands: Drop the Charges Against Lex Wotton Now!

Summer/Autumn 2008

A campaign to throw out all charges against Palm Island Aboriginal leader, Lex Wotton, is gaining momentum. Wotton participated in the November 2004 protest against the killing of his friend Mulrunji, a respected community member and father, while in police custody. Singled out in the crackdown that followed, Wotton faces charges of “riot with destruction”… Read more »