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We Never Ceded Our Countries. Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa people speak truth to power

We Never Ceded Our Countries. Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa people speak truth to power

The contamination of land, water, air and wildlife can be seen across the region. The Redbank Copper Mine was abandoned in the mid-1990s, with an estimated 54,000 tonnes of partially treated acid-forming material left exposed to the monsoonal rains for 17 years. Poor management has resulted in highly toxic waste bleeding into nearby waterways.

Dear New Matilda, it isn’t always about race …

Dear New Matilda, it isn’t always about race …

There is more than a little that requires unpacking here, including whether the racial identity of either the offender Matthew Alexander or the victim is of any relevance? For mine they aren't, except if you want to turn this into a black-white thing, which is never was. It was a horrible accident.

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

The latest iteration of New Matilda has had a rocky start with Graham as editor. One article has a source facing criminal charges and possible jail time, another has NM facing a complex and expensive civil suit in the Federal Court and now NM is poking it's nose into a Senator's messy child custody and property dispute.

“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

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.

Marion Scrymgour speaks: Stop Playing Games With Bilingual

Marion Scrymgour speaks: Stop Playing Games With Bilingual

Bilingual education can take different forms, but the underlying principle is the development and ongoing maintenance of knowledge and capacity in both languages. I have always supported and fought for that principle in the context of those Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where there is a dominant regional language which has community endorsement as the language to be taught in school in addition to English.