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 »
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.
“…the story of a working man…the story of Wanamurraganya, the son of a tribal Aborigine. Then again, it’s the story of a man who is fighting with being black and white. A man who chooses not to live in the tribal way, but who can’t live in the white man’s way because the government won’t let him.”
The conference allowed the women a platform to express their frustration and anger, but most of all, their survival. Never have I been a part of such a large group of strong, strong women. It was an absolutely inspirational event to be a part of.
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 »
Millions have been spent by the government in its ongoing attempts to generate mass bicentennial enthusiasm but the January splash had petered out to a mere whimper before the year of “celebration” was even one third over. There is nothing for ordinary people to celebrate in 1988.
The blatantly genocidal policies practiced against Aboriginal people in the first century of Australia’s colonial history are now more often acknowledged but still frequently fobbed off as some unfortunate incidents from the dim past. Despite two hundred year of colonialism, Sally Morgan and her family have survived. They have resisted assimilationist cultural genocide by taking up the battle to find their own identity.