indigenous struggles

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.

Perkins Scapegoated For Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Affairs Now!

Summer 1988/1989

As the Bicentennial year draws to a close, the government is getting desperate to undermine the growing public support for the demands of Australia’s Aboriginal nations. Their desperation came to a head in early November with the sacking of Department of Aboriginal Affairs head, Charles Perkins. Cries of “mismanagement and nepotism” surround the sacking of… Read more »

Hands Off Bougainville!

September – December 1990

The ink is hardly dry on the August 5 agreement signed by the interim Bougainville government and the national government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), yet already PNG has reneged on its side of the bargain by landing seventy troops and thirty police on Buka Island, just north of the main island. Moses Havini, the… Read more »

State Genocide of Aboriginal People Goes on: The Murray Family Fights Back

September – December 1990

In 1981, Eddie Murray was found dead in a police cell. In 1987, two cops bashed Eddie’s sister, Anna. Eddie’s murder and Anna’s persecution have a history, and they typify what happens to Aboriginal people regularly. The persecution of the Murray family for their militancy is an effort to break them and Aboriginal fighters like them.