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Time to ban facial recognition in Australia before it wrecks more lives

US states, cities, police forces and tech companies are turning their backs on facial recognition technology. Why is Australia continuing to embrace it?

New South Wales Military Mounted Police massacre Aboriginal people at Waterloo Creek in 1838 (Image: Wikimedia)

Slavery, massacre and genocide are not part of the national curriculum. Should they be? 

When even the prime minister is muddled about Australia's history of slavery, it's time to ask if our dark past should be addressed head-on.

South Pacific Islanders on a sugar plantation in Cairns 1890 (Image: 
 State Library of Queensland)

How the Australian economy was born on the back of slave labour. Yes, slaves.

Slavery, indentured work and stolen wages aren't just an ugly part of Australia's history — they're the basis of much of our early economic growth.

Protesters call for justice for 19-year-old Aboriginal man Kumanjayi Walker, who was killed by a police officer in the NT in November 2019 
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The thin blue line: fine balance between police union power and justice

Even when police officers are charged with murder, powerful and politically connected unions rush to protect them.

Josephine Cashman (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu tendered as evidence in whacko-right conspiracy

Having failed to discredit Dark Emu author Bruce Pascoe's Aboriginality, Josephine Cashman has floated towards some altogether more troubling conspiracies about his ties to the 'deep state'.

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'This will be devastating': COVID-19 will wreak havoc on Indigenous communities

'In all my years as a medical professional, I’ve never seen anything with the same broader national significance.'

'Yabarra: Dreaming in Light' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Image:  Adelaide Fringe)

Old ways, new thinking: Fringe reinvents the wheel to bring Dreamtime story to life

Yabarra: Dreaming in Light at the Adelaide Fringe is an experience 6000 years in the making, and the story of how it came together is just as fascinating.

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Closing the gap: how we've failed, and how we talk about that failure

The government has become adept at managing the consistent failure of Close the Gap. Scott Morrison's 2020 effort is no different.

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Another year, another Closing the Gap failure

It's now a ritual that every February, the prime minister rises to acknowledge the failure to achieve Closing the Gap targets. Increasingly it's also part of the ritual to commit to greater empowerment of Indigenous communities – without anything seemingly changing.