There was a time when I woke up there was four church women sitting beside my bed who were watching me and praying over me whilst I slept…
The number of Indigenous businesses is growing by about 23% per year – which is almost four times higher growth than businesses owned by non-Indigenous Australians.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting on Country with Major Sumner, the Greens’ candidate for Mayo, talking history, the environment, community, young people, and hopes for the future.
There’s still a long way to go. To date, Victoria is the only state to formally introduce a Bill that details a process towards a treaty.
We cannot deny the fact that First Nations Peoples in this continent had our lands taken from us without negotiation, without purchase, without consent; and without any treaty, unlike other Commonwealth nations. This dispossession was cloaked in the insidious myth of terra nullius.
I was extremely alarmed to read the recent ABC news report about an Aboriginal woman from a western NSW community who had been charged, and further held in a local police cell overnight, for not attending court to provide evidence as a result of domestic violence…
It is each year, during reconciliation week, that we see politicians make public pronouncements about reconciliation, equal partnership and respect in an attempt to out-Mandela each other.
I mean no disrespect to anyone who supports reconciliation week, but I no longer participate. It’s hard to maintain hope when there’s scant signs of achieving justice.