Category: The Aussie Quadrella

You can’t put a price tag on RIP

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, March 2007.

NATIONAL: Hypocrisy still runs deep at the nation’s most schizophrenic broadsheet, writes Amy McQuire* Continue reading

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BECAUSE THEY CAN…

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, February 2007.

NATIONAL: Later this week Tasmania’s most powerful Indigenous organisation, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, will appear in a foreign court to try and stop a museum from conducting invasive testing on the remains of Aboriginal ancestors. CHRIS GRAHAM reports on a legal case that is being watched around the world. Continue reading

OUR SLAVE PAST

Originally published in the National Indigenous Times, February 2007.

December is a tough month to get the attention of the Australian people. But last December was even tougher than usual. Notwithstanding the impending retirement from cricket of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, Kim Beazley was in the final death throes of his ALP leadership battle with Kevin Rudd.

It was a big month for news.

While these media frenzies continued, on the last sitting day of 2006 the federal Senate quietly handed down a lengthy report into the lost and stolen wages and savings scandal, writes CHRIS GRAHAM. Continue reading

Need more slaves? Blackbirding the South Sea Islanders

Originally published in The National Indigenous Times, February 2007.

By Amy McQuire

WHETHER or not you accept the term slavery to describe the working conditions of Aboriginal people, most Australians at least know some of the history of the terrible abuses suffered by black workers at the hands of Europeans. Continue reading