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Tony Birch

Professor Tony Birch is a Fitzroy Blak and founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent
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The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission: seeking truth and justice

In June 2020 the legislative journey that resulted in the establishment of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission began life in the lower house of the Victorian…

The nation does not care about people who become incarcerated

Tony Birch says that to state that a loss of Aboriginal life results in yet another ‘death in custody’ is to use language that refuses the reality of murder in custody that we know will be failed by the system.

Celebrating Warrior Women

This piece is a beautiful reflection on the power of Black women and a celebration of that power and its healing capabilities.

Silencing victims compounds the violence of racism

Tony Birch offers us a personal reflection on the violence of racism and how this is compounded through a culture of erasure and silencing.

Do monuments hold any value?

In consideration of Invasion (Australia) Day in 2021, debate will again turn to a need to produce and recognise a more open and critical story…

A change of date will do nothing to shake Australia from its colonial-settler triumphalism

Least anyone become overly concerned, the date chosen to mark Australia Day has historically been a movable feast. For instance, July 15 was once the favoured date. While many believe that the current date – January 26 – commemorates the landing of the so-called “First Fleet” (which itself is historically inaccurate), I would expect that the date was moved from the gloom of a southern winter to mid-summer for the sake of devotees of the barbeque and patriotic lamb advertisements.

White Australia stole Indigenous children. And then stole their victimhood too

As we commemorate Sorry Day on 26 May, it is vital to also recognise that 20 years has passed since the release of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Bringing Them Home report.

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