Topic archives: Aboriginal people

Word of the week: aherlkelh-ilem: “make the sun come up” (Anmatyerr)

Word of the week: aherlkelh-ilem: “make the sun come up” (Anmatyerr)

November 3, 2017 2

The nyarew cuckoo [Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoo] sings out from hollow trees, or maybe from a forked branch. The nyarew sings out all night, and makes the daylight come.

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

August 4, 2016

On 30 June last year there were more than 9,000 Indigenous prisoners in Australia and 7,100 of them had been in prison before.15 Don Weatherburn shows why it is quite critical to understand that – as a statistical matter – the higher rate at which Aboriginal people first arrive in prison is much less significant than rate at which they come back to it. Bob Debus, August 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

May 15, 2016

“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.

Jack Doolan, the VRD walk-off and the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 1.

Jack Doolan, the VRD walk-off and the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 1.

December 7, 2015

This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. JACK DOOLAN (14 June 1927–29 January 1995), a Patrol Officer with the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, was a friend and champion of the Aboriginal workers at Victoria River Downs station who walked off […]

“Our organs are sacred”: how we fail Aboriginal Australians with Chronic Kidney Disease

“Our organs are sacred”: how we fail Aboriginal Australians with Chronic Kidney Disease

October 4, 2014 1

Based on ANZDATA Registry analysis, from 1999 to 2009, the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy—dialysis—from Central Australia more than tripled from 62 to 209. At present, there are some 558 Territorians undergoing dialysis—98% of whom are Aboriginal. Current estimates are that this will grow by 4.5% a year. In simple terms, and all other things being equal, this means over 1,000 Territorian and tri-state Aboriginal people will be “on the machine” in the Territory in 14 years. In Central Australia alone, at worst case by 2020, there will be 479 people under going dialysis.

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

October 4, 2014

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable --literally -- bird and mammal species.

Vale Jangala Robertson

Vale Jangala Robertson

October 1, 2014

Jangala's childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to his birthplace at Jila. Jangala had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo 'to hide' from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Jangala moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

“Speaking with one voice” – WA’s changes to Aboriginal Heritage law rejected at bush meetings

“Speaking with one voice” – WA’s changes to Aboriginal Heritage law rejected at bush meetings

September 30, 2014 2

Be careful what you pray for. By proposing to strip away protection for Aboriginal people’s heritage across the board, and throughout the State, the Barnett Government appears to have unwittingly conjured up a strong, united and angry Aboriginal coalition which is now mobilising against the AHA amendments.

Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

August 23, 2014

Borroloola in the 1880's: "This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported ... "

Muckaty: Legality confronts morality

June 20, 2014 2

“I’m not sitting here and reflecting on the morality,” said Justice Anthony North of the Federal Court. “If it was so, I would have an easy answer.”

Turning the fire hose on Pilger’s dystopia

Turning the fire hose on Pilger’s dystopia

June 3, 2014 12

When we see dangerously naïve or misguided non-Aboriginal crusaders running around hurling emotional Molotov cocktails willy nilly into the flammable undergrowth of community perceptions and politics, I believe it is sometimes necessary to turn the fire prevention hoses onto them.

Djambuy’s case and the recognition of Aboriginal customary law

February 6, 2014 4

"This is the first time in a long time that Balanda (European) and Yolngu laws have worked together like this. Yolngu are not asking for a separate system. This is about creating a dialogue between the two systems."

Persons of Interest: ASIO, the NT Special Branch, blackfellas and Yippies – the struggle for Land Rights in Darwin

Persons of Interest: ASIO, the NT Special Branch, blackfellas and Yippies – the struggle for Land Rights in Darwin

January 14, 2014 3

I know that the Special Branch of the NT Police was following us around. The Police gave a lot of Aboriginal people the impression that – and this is a story I heard so often – “You are causing trouble. You are troublemakers. You are getting us all into trouble.”

Vale Brian Manning – The Communist Party, Bedford 29-776 and “fucking hairy blowouts”

Vale Brian Manning – The Communist Party, Bedford 29-776 and “fucking hairy blowouts”

November 5, 2013 1

Aww, fucking blowouts. Blowouts are fucking hairy, getting pushed off the road almost into a bloody table drain by a bloody road-train. They were some hairy experiences you know. Fortunately I had a good bull-bar and good brakes and wasn’t travelling all that fast and those really, really terrible diversions whilst they were building the new road [the Buntine Highway.]

‘Gas to Gove’ – an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

‘Gas to Gove’ – an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

January 30, 2013

In 1963 I signed the historic bark petition which opposed the Gove refinery and bauxite mine and started the land rights movement, and which is now displayed in Parliament House, Canberra. In 2011 I signed the historic mining agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan which guarantees the refinery and bauxite mine for another 42 years. How the wheel turns!

‘Sorry’ – Still Living On Borrowed Time

‘Sorry’ – Still Living On Borrowed Time

May 24, 2011 5

National Sorry Day is on Thursday 26th of May – The slogan for this years event is ‘SORRY. Still Living On Borrowed Time’.

An(other) open letter from Sue Stanton – to Bess Price and Larissa Behrendt

An(other) open letter from Sue Stanton – to Bess Price and Larissa Behrendt

April 14, 2011 11

I am a member of the McGinness Family – the eldest Granddaughter of Jack McGinness, freedom fighter and committed human rights campaigner. The legacy of my Gurindji family and our early day revolutionaries at Wave Hill are also part of my rich culture and heritage. We continue our fight for freedom and rights in this country.