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Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling. Wikimedia At a public meeting in Hobart in the late 1830s, Solicitor-General Alfred Stephen, later Chief Justice of New South Wales, shared with the...
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Indigenous treaties are meaningless without addressing the issue of sovereignty

Victoria’s proposed Indigenous treaty may run into problems over the issue of Aboriginal sovereignty. James Ross/AAP Ironically, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the 2017 Statement from the Heart, proposing more meaningful national engagement with Indigenous peoples,...
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Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap

Indigenous Australians have a strong relationship with the natural world. from shutterstock.com The wellbeing of Indigenous people is based around having the freedom and resources to practise cultural ways of being. While some of these...
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Indigenous cultural appropriation: what not to do

A souvenir stand in the Canary Islands displaying boomerangs (on the right). The words made me cringe at first with their echoes of an old, racist song made famous by Rolf Harris. “I am sick of...
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A modern and united Australia must shift its national day from January 26

We must change the date of Australia Day again again if we want to achieve a national day that unifies all Australians. Increased momentum around changing the date of Australia Day reflects a growing...
Plundered and Broken

Plundered & Broken

The tale of Aboriginal plunder is a never-ending ballad that sings in the winds of this great country, a land that Elea (Albert) Namatjira painted so lovingly in watercolour. Namatjira’s world-renowned artistic status may have...

Traditional owners still stand in Adani’s way

Traditional owners are contesting the validity of Adani’s land use agreement. Author provided Last week, federal environment minister Melissa Price approved Adani’s groundwater management plan for its proposed Carmichael mine. However, Adani’s proposed mine remains highly contested...
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Why a separate holiday for Indigenous Australians misses the point

Invasion Day protests have been growing in size and number across the country in recent years. Glenn Hunt/AAP Prime Minister Scott Morrison has floated the idea of a new national holiday to recognise the achievements...
How two Noongar boys spoke up

‘You don’t belong to my country either.’ How two Noongar boys spoke up, a...

An engraving of Dirimera and Conaci by Giuseppe Mochettitaken from a daguerreotype of April 5 1852.   Acc no 77930P. With acknowledgements to the Archives of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia. In June 1849, a military...
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Alexis Wright wins 2018 Stella Prize for Tracker, an epic feat of Aboriginal storytelling

Alexis Wright, author of Tracker: a book written in the mode and genre of Aboriginal storytelling. Stella Prize Alexis Wright’s book Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth has won the 2018 Stella Prize. Tracker is, in Wright’s words, an...