Blak friends in a ‘friendship recession’
Post-lockdowns, and even just as our lives get busier, it can be difficult maintaining connections with friends. Ellen van Neerven writes of prioritising Blak friendships can be significant in times like these.
Public Statement from Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM on Treaty and the Voice
Senior initiated clan leader of the Yolŋu Nation of North East Arnhem Land, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM outlines his position on Treaty and the upcoming Voice Referendum.
The fight for Djab Wurrung continues
While the country’s current focus is on the referendum, Djab Wurrung women focus on yet another attack on sacred women's country. Djab Wurrung woman Sissy Austin writes of the latest attack on another sacred tree on Country.
Thin black veils and unity tickets.
Now the Voice to Parliament referendum date has been announced, Ben Abbatangelo writes, we as a nation are being reminded, there’s no moral high ground between Labor and Liberal, and by extension, ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Stop this country being comfortable with our pain. Why I’m voting yes.
Arrernte man, father, and the founder and managing director of Kings Narrative, Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, writes of the journey to the Voice to Parliament, and why he will be voting Yes in the upcoming referendum.
The Voice to Parliament: Beyond yes or no…
Today, the referendum was announced. Luke Pearson reminds us that soon enough, the referendum will be over. The votes will be cast, and the outcome will be clear. But it’s not going to be a fun ride getting there.
Why Blak representation matters in Cosplay
For International Cosplay Day, Bizzi Lavelle reflects on why, when it comes to cosplay, representation matters. And sometimes that means white people need to opt out of some costume choices.
Self-determination can’t be achieved through compromised finance
Ben Abbatangelo writes of his experiences dealing with philanthropists, and his decision to walk away from this kind of money. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses have limited options for funding, Ben writes, but we shouldn’t take blood money from companies who bring harm to Country, and by extension, us.
Symbolism and the Women’s World Cup
In a Referendum year when politics is all around us, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 has raised important questions for Ellen van Neerven who explores its political symbolism and the irony of “keeping politics out of sport”.
Black Grief and the Elimination of the Native
Dr Eugenia Flynn writes about the health system and it's lack of ability to see our [Mob] lives and deaths as anything other than numbers.
Yes or No – Australia is still guilty.
When I imagine the world my old people, my ancestors, my nan and my pop were demanding for my own child, I know it was a world better than this one. A world that wasn’t just consultancy, but action.
Voice to Parliament: Why mob are staying silent
At this moment, Blackfullas are being routinely punished, in their personal and professional lives, for daring to speak freely about a referendum that will supposedly change our lives forever. Munanjahli and South Sea Island woman and Associate Professor Chelsea Watego shares why mob are staying silent when asked about the Voice to Parliament.
We don’t want ‘equity’, acknowledge our sovereignty
Adjunct Professor Phillip Mills of the Kulkalgal Nation, explores the importance of prioritising sovereignty over equity for Indigenous peoples’ survival.
Fighting racism needs to go beyond banning symbols and ‘bad words’
Arrernte writer Celeste Liddle speaks up about the racism, targeted and racialised bullying she has endured, concluding that Australia has little hope of ever eradicating the extreme racism of fascists.
Racism in the media: “Don’t read the comments” isn’t enough anymore!
Since Stan Grant announced he is stepping away from the media, we've seen First Nations journalists tell their own stories of racism and discrimination in the workplace and a lack of support when attacked by racist trolls. This is nothing new, Bizzi Lavelle writes. She explores what has been happening in media and social media with First Nations people, some that don't make the news.
The racism experienced by Stan Grant is the norm, not the exception
The racism that Stan Grant has had to endure is unacceptable, but it is also entirely unexceptional. You simply cannot exist in Australia as an Indigenous person without encountering it.
It’s time to understand the difference between Native Title and Land Rights.
At every turn, we see First Nations’ resistance to destructive industries on Country. The pursuit of land rights is an ongoing battle but as Natalie Cromb explains, there is a difference between Native Title and Land Rights, and these fights happening today originated from the staunch examples we have seen from mob around this country.