Debunking: No definition of Indigenous
Spoiler alert: There is a definition of Indigenous, and Pauline Hanson is not it.
Debunking: You can’t talk about violence in Aboriginal communities
Earlier this week the PM made reference to the abuse of Aboriginal children and immediately followed it up by saying ‘we’re told we shouldn’t talk about it’.
Reform: Tell the truth
Truth and Treaty are the theme of the second piece in the Reform series where you are asked to consider the possibilities of a better Australia – but that does require you to confront your way of thinking.
Debunking: 33 Billion
When it comes to Indigenous people and free things, many Australians have a lot to say: “Indigenous people get free cars”, “Indigenous people get free houses”, “Indigenous people get free University education.”
Debunking: Indigenous Leaders
Indigenous people are not a homogenous group, and we do not have a centralised or universally recognised leadership group.
Debunking: It was hard for convicts, too
The myth of the convict is used to derail conversations about the brutality and unfairness of invasion and colonisation.
Debunking: ‘Aborigines took this place from the pygmies’
These theories are outdated and are not accepted as facts by almost anybody in the fields of anthropology, archeology or history.
Debunking: ‘There are more important things to talk about than Australia Day’
Almost certainly there are more important issues effecting Indigenous people than the celebrations on January 26 but that is entirely not the point.
Debunking: ‘Protests do nothing’
Australia Day, Invasion Day, Day of Mourning and Protest – however you label it, this long weekend should be acknowledged as one of activism.
Debunking: ‘invasion was the best thing to ever happen to Indigenous people’
I’m going to start with a popular lie from racists – the idea that Indigenous people should be thankful white people came and gave us access to the ‘best that Western civilisation has to offer’.