indigenous struggles

No justice, No peace Letty Scott: The story of a fighter

Winter/Spring 1999

Letty Scott is a fighter. Her husband allegedly hung himself at Berrimah Prison in the Northern Territory on 5 July 1985. For the last decade-and-a-half, Letty has used her anger to campaign for the reopening of his case to expose the truth surrounding his death.

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 »

Wik is Women’s Business National Feminist Conference Rejects Big Business Land Grab

Summer/Autumn 1998

The panels at the Women & Labour Conference reinforced Wik as a feminist issue. They showed how non-Indigenous rural people are hurting badly from a crisis-ridden system, which is becoming increasingly brutal. The profiteers are attempting to use small farmers to incite mass panic in Australia – a panic fuelled by misinformation.

Exclusive: FSB talks with Victorian Koori Elder, Liz Hoffman

Summer/Autumn 1994

Elizabeth Hoffman, is chair of the Yorta Yorta Clans Group. She shared insights into the hidden history of the Indigenous peoples of the continent’s south-east. Like so many other such histories, it is about the murderous onslaught of the white invaders and of the struggle of the people to survive.

Being an Aboriginal woman

Summer/Autumn 1994

I am a 31-year-old Aboriginal woman of Ugarapul and Bundjalung tribal roots, who is strong in my culture, but contends with the aftermath of European invasion of this my sacred land, Australia.

More Aboriginal Genocide: Miners Battle White Death at Baryulgil

Summer 1992/1993

“If the bullet takes 20 years to kill you, it’s not called murder, it’s called business” – (Paul Brodeur in Blue Murder by Ben Hills) The Aboriginal community of Baryulgil, in northern New South Wales, is fighting to redress an act of genocide — this time, the weapon is asbestos and the murderer is James… Read more »

Meriam People Win Land Title Case Indigenous rights not extinguished by invasion

Summer 1992/1993

Mer Island is the largest of the easternmost group of islands, the Murray Islands, in Torres Strait. About 400 Islander people live there. In 1879 the Murray Islands were annexed to the then Crown colony of Queensland. This annexation was done without reference to the Meriam people, but with relatively little disruption to customary society…. Read more »

THROUGH BLACK EYES: A Unique Approach to Family Violence

Summer/Autumn 1992

Aboriginal women have developed a unique approach to combating domestic violence. Through Black Eyes is a landmark document that, in its approach to combating violence in the home, places the focus on community-inspired, rather than state-driven, solutions.