indigenous struggles

Beyond Reconciliation: Fight for real justice for Aborigines

Summer/Autumn 2001

On Sunday, December 3, 2000, six hundred thousand people came out for Melbourne’s Walk for Reconciliation. Perth also had its biggest-ever rally that day, ending a year of similarly spectacular actions. On May 28, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge was crowded with 500,000 marchers. Cities and towns across the country also set their own records — 50,000… Read more »

Beyond the limits of reconciliation

Winter/Spring 2000

On 28 May, half a million crossed Sydney Harbour Bridge in the Walk for Reconciliation. Actions followed in cities and towns across the country — 50,000 participated in Adelaide and 70,000 in Brisbane. But reconciliation is a vague, “feel good” concept, and does not address the fundamental injustices experienced by Indigenous Australians. Many marchers understood… Read more »

Jack Davis: Indigenous leader & playwright

Winter/Spring 2000

Jack Davis, poet, playwright, actor and Aboriginal activist, died on 17 March at the age of 83. He leaves an extraordinary legacy. Born in 1917, Jack  lived for a period at the Moore River Native Settlement and the Brookton Aboriginal Reserve. As a young man, Jack laboured as a stockman and an itinerant worker. His… Read more »

Fiji: pro-imperialist coup

Winter/Spring 2000

The reasons behind the overthrow of the Fijian Labour Party Government are complex and sinister. The multiracial government of Mohendra Chaudry was popularly elected, and under the 1997 Constitution could not have won government without the backing of a large proportion of the Indigenous vote. The same Constitution guarantees Fijian ownership of traditional lands. The… Read more »

Racist Immigration Laws Resurrect White Australia Policy

Summer/Autumn 2000

Chasing votes. Enraging the remnants of One Nation, the Howard Government has pinched its immigration policy by enacting the Border Protection Act. This cruel law permits officials to board refugee boats and threaten the occupants. Refugees who are in danger of death will be limited to three-year temporary residency visas, if they’ve “arrived illegally.” The… Read more »

Visiting Queer Historian to pay tribute to Native American Women Leaders

Summer/Autumn 2000

U.S gay activist and award winning author, Will Roscoe, is to visit Australia in early 2000. On February 19, he will speak at a special Melbourne event hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. The Way We Were, The Way We Can Be will feature the slide show, Woman Warrior/Woman Chief: The Two-Spirit… Read more »

Jabiluka Must Not Proceed!

Summer/Autumn 1999

The international spotlight is on Australia. The Howard government is hell-bent on allowing construction of the Jabiluka uranium mine at the Kakadu National Park. The United Nations World Heritage Committee has threatened to place Kakadu on the “World Heritage in danger list.” It has given the Howard government until April 15 to prove scientifically that… Read more »