Posts in: indigenous struggles

Apology to the Stolen Generations: Don’t stop at “Sorry,” Pay compensation!

Winter/Spring 2008

On February 13, 2008 the country stood still. That morning, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered an apology in Parliament for Australia’s Indigenous Stolen Generations. Indigenous people from across the country went to Canberra to witness it. Everywhere else, people sat in front of TVs and radios. At my workplace, all the staff gathered around the… Read more »

Resistance is not a crime: Lex Wotton must not do time!

Winter/Spring 2008

Support continues to swell for the campaign to force the dropping of all charges against Lex Wotton, the respected Aboriginal community member accused of leading a riot on Palm Island in 2004, following the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. To the streets. On 5 April 2008 nearly 200 people marched through the streets of… Read more »

Maritime workers stop work for Lex

Summer/Autumn 2009

Rank-and-file wharfies consider the jailing of Lex Wotton as a complete injustice. On the day of Lex’s sentencing, the entire Sydney waterfront came to a standstill — for only a brief period, but for enough time to make a very symbolic gesture of solidarity from maritime workers. The union had done a lot to build… Read more »

Lex Wotton speaks!

Summer/Autumn 2009

I was born on Palm Island in 1967, a product of the Stolen Generation. I grew up and did all of my schooling on the island, apart from year eight when I went to school on the mainland. My mum’s tribe is the Yidingi. They come from around the Tableland area, near Cairns. Dad’s people… Read more »

Locals speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention

Summer/Autumn 2009

The Prescribed Area People’s Alliance is a group of Aboriginal people from communities affected by the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER.) On Friday November 7, 2008, the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance held its second meeting in Alice Springs and issued this statement. We are outraged that, today, Lex Wotton, an Indigenous man from Palm Island,… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2009

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin welcomes your opinions and campaign reports. Send contributions to PO Box 266, West Brunswick Vic 3055. Email: freedom.socialist.bulletin@ozemail.com.au Author’s thanks Thank you for another top notch Freedom Socialist Bulletin. As an American, I really appreciate your in-depth coverage of Australian and Asian issues that we don’t get as much coverage of… Read more »

Radical Women supports Tamil struggle for self-determination

Winter/Spring 2009

Earlier this year, the Australian media began to report on horrors endured by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We watched military forces invading the tiny northeastern “safety zone,” where hundreds of thousands of Tamils had been trapped and bombarded for months. The government’s objective was to force the surrender of the Liberation Tigers of… Read more »

The death of Mr Ward: A case study in racist neglect

Winter/Spring 2009

On 12 June 2009 the West Australian State Coroner found that Warburton Elder, Mr Ward — a 46-year-old father of five and one of the last nomads born in the Gibson Desert — died of heatstroke sustained while being transported from Laverton to Kalgoorlie in the rear pod of a privatised prison van. For nearly… Read more »

Your Say

Summer/Autumn 2010

Equal marriage can revolutionise relationships Thank you for the terrific editorial about gay rights last issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin. Having attended the Equal Love rally to start the national year of action on November 28th, I believe we are embarking on exciting times towards both recognising and validating LGBTIs’ right to free expression… Read more »

ALP resorts to genocide

Winter/Spring 2009

If Indigenous Australians hoped to see a significant change with the election of the Rudd Labor government at the end of 2007, they’ll surely be as disappointed with the new government as trade unionists are. The Rudd government is not so crude in its racism as the former Howard administration. It abolished Howard’s puppet National… Read more »