This is a guest post by Chips Mackinolty, an artist and journalist based in Palermo and Darwin. On 9 August 1974, eight years almost to the day after the famous Wave Hill Walk Off, a group of largely Mangarrayi speaking families walked off Elsey Station. Yes, the place of the colonialist pastoral fantasy of We […]
The rejection of more soft words giving us token recognition in the most powerful document of the land instead of granting us our sovereign rights. The demand for constitutional reform so that we can ensure stronger and safer futures for our children is our best response so far and makes for safer and stronger dialogue in the shared space between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Australians.
If Abbott had been in power last Friday he would have in all likelihood made a better response than the equivocation from our current leaders. Neither Turnbull or Shorten have the wit, interest or political savvy to get a treaty—or the other proposals in the Uluru Statement—past their respective right wings, who as my colleague Bernard Keane stressed in Crikey yesterday will—with their fellow-travellers—be more than willing to employ dishonesty and deceit to push back on any proposal for a treaty.
This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. WHEN the Federal government makes good on its commitment to hand back land* at Yarralin in the Victoria River District, it will have turned the last page of a long history […]
Vincent Lingiari knew who he was and that this land held him close to its heart. “You can keep your gold. We just want our land back.”
I have today received a message from the Gurindji: 'Very sad we lost that old man, but good because now people all over Australia will be reminded of his great legacy and the great thing he did with our leader, Mr Lingiari. That old maluka'—old man—'understood our important role in land rights. We will meet today to plan how we will mourn him.'
Others have spoken of his time in the Territory, I would like to talk about what made the man: from a dirt poor childhood living on the fringes of a tiny Queensland town, to his life as an advocate of human rights here in the Territory and overseas.
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.
Andrew Bolt - your anti-Aboriginal stance and arrogant white superiority has no place in today’s Australia. Believe it or not, in Australia at least, that terrifying arrogance and assumption that people like you believe you should determine which people should inhabit this country, and how they should identify, is so passé.
Lazhar Chraiti and other Moujahidin were executed in 1962 and buried in an unknown mass grave. Chraiti and other Moujahidin are heroes in the eyes of Abdelwahab and he has produced a documentary DVD (in Arabic) honouring the Chraiti family in particular, and their contribution to the Tunisian struggle for liberation. Chraiti is known in Tunisian folklore as “the Lion of Orbat”. This DVD can be viewed along with other information at: www.lazharchraiti.org