Brandis, Bolt & Bigots


NATIONAL: Race relations have hit a new low in this country. The nation’s top lawmaker is now seeking to weaken one of the few protections against racial vilification afforded to minorities, to protect the rights of bigots. And the Human Rights Commissioner is paving the way. AMY MCQUIRE* looks at the history of the Racial […]

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“Our country will suffer”

CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Michael Woodley.  (AAP Image/Lloyd Jones)

NATIONAL: The controversial Solomon iron ore hub will generate billions of dollars in revenue for Fortescue Metals Group over the next two decades. But JAN MAYMAN* asks, what will be the cost for the traditional owners – the Yindjibarndi?

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ON THE RECORD: On the spiritual high road

Aboriginal leader Rosalie Kunoth-Monks. (AAP IMAGE)

NATIONAL: The Sydney premiere of ‘Utopia’, John Pilger’s latest documentary deeply moved me. I was one of thousands who gathered in the open air at the Block in Redfern, the iconic Koori heart of Sydney, writes SHYAMLA ESWARAN*.

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The Lost Generations


NATIONAL: Across New South Wales we are losing a generation of children to prison. It’s an urgent problem because these are our future leaders, writes AMY MCQUIRE*.

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Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter

Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter

BRISBANE: Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter.

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ON THE RECORD: Black to the future

Former Olympian Nova Peris has become the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament.

NATIONAL: In March, Adam Giles became Australia’s first Aboriginal head of government as the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, writes SHYAMLA ESWARAN.

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Utopia: The inside story

Kingi Ross, from Arlparra on the edge of the vast Utopia region. Humpies – makeshift shelters – are a common sight throughout Aboriginal Australia, courtesy of a lack of basic housing.

IN JANUARY 2014, the nation’s most famous ex-pat journalist John Pilger will launch his latest film in Australia. Two years in the making, Utopia is a feature length documentary that chronicles the ongoing plight of the First Australians and their fight for justice.

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ON THE RECORD: White man’s gang is a black man’s tribe


NATIONAL: The problems that confront the remote community of Wadeye will not be fixed with political posturing and more of the same, writes SHYAMLA ESWARAN*.

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The ghosts of Bowraville

The main street of Bowraville mission in northern NSW. CREDIT: Chris Graham

NATIONAL: Three children were murdered on the Bowraville mission within five months of each other in 1990 to 1991. Only one man stands accused of these crimes, but thanks to a series of spectacular failures in the original police investigation – and a racist and apathetic justice system – he has never been convicted, writes […]

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VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE: How black Australia rejected Tony Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

NATIONAL: Tony Abbott is the new ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’. One problem: no-one bothered to ask Aboriginal people if they even wanted him. It turns out they didn’t, if the most in-depth analysis of Aboriginal voting intentions ever staged is anything to go by. CHRIS GRAHAM explains.

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