Topic archives: Aboriginal Australia

What’s in a name? The fundamental politics of restoring indigenous names for country

August 30, 2017 6

Knowing the indigenous names for the land we occupy is not about learning history, it is a step towards rehabilitating our national character, writes Chips Mackinolty.

Stan Grant and the monumental turn towards a living history

August 28, 2017 2

Stan Grant has been pilloried for suggesting that we modify our historical monuments to more accurately reflect our complicated past. But for some commentators Australia's Anglo-centric history is obstinately set in stone.

‘A punishing of the black’: Aboriginal incarceration on the rise

‘A punishing of the black’: Aboriginal incarceration on the rise

March 16, 2015 1

Aboriginal Australians are vastly overrepresented in our prisons, and the numbers are growing. Freelance journalist Mat Drogemuller looks at the latest ABS report.

What Guy Rundle doesn’t get about native title

What Guy Rundle doesn’t get about native title

December 15, 2014 2

Warren Mundine’s speech just might be a rare invitation to grapple with important complexities, but Guy Rundle, in rushing to condemn it, has lost some important points along the way. Macquarie University Anthropology lecturer Eve Vincent explains.

Stability and government

August 16, 2012

Crikey readers have their say.

Damaging the office of Prime Minister

August 13, 2012 2

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Delivering better outcomes for indigenous people

July 16, 2012 2

Crikey readers have their say.

What happened to Aboriginal Australia setting the agenda?

January 25, 2012 11

The fact we are still calling for sovereignty and self-determination, 40 years on from the first steps of the tent embassy, shows just how central it is to Aboriginal aspirations, writes Amy McQuire, editor of Tracker Magazine.

Removing race from our constitution

January 20, 2012 30

We don't collectively identify as racist. And yet there is the undeniable reality that our constitution as it stands still contains two sections designed specifically to discriminate.

Beyond the despair part III: closing the gap, at the coalface

Beyond the despair part III: closing the gap, at the coalface

June 28, 2010 1

Journalism student Clare Negus writes about the fight for true reconciliation and the individuals taking 'closing the gap' into their own hands in indigenous WA townships.

Beyond the despair part II: the communications barrier in black Australia

June 23, 2010 2

Yesterday in Crikey, journalism student Clare Negus reported from aboriginal townships in mid-west Western Australia. In the second chapter of a three-part series, Negus looks at the communications barrier.

Beyond the despair: just another white fella with a notepad

Beyond the despair: just another white fella with a notepad

June 22, 2010 17

A pervasive and profound sense of hopelessness has settled over much of indigenous Australia. Journalism student Clare Negus visited townships in Western Australia to report on how communities keep the faith.

The Tiger vs. Qantas battle is turning nasty

The Tiger vs. Qantas battle is turning nasty

November 12, 2009

The battle of the low-cost trans-border franchises of Singapore Airlines-controlled Tiger and Qantas-directed Jetstar Asia is heating up, with Jetstar's plans to fly twice daily between Singapore and Tokyo being shot out of the sky this morning.

Why don’t we hear these stories about Aboriginal Australia?

August 19, 2009

You might not guess it from the photos in the newspapers, but the largest concentration of Aboriginal people in Australia lives in western Sydney, writes anthropologist Professor Gillian Cowlishaw.

Samson and Delilah under the stars in Alice Springs

April 27, 2009

The Telegraph Station was an appropriate setting for a film that expresses so much about the communication gap at the heart of this country, writes Elli Rennie.

League’s Polynesian powerplay muscles in on indigenous numbers

April 24, 2009

The number of Aboriginal players in the NRL has halved since the early 1990s, with coaches keener to recruit Polynesian-type body shapes to combat the brutal collisions of the code.

Memo to Bolt: race runs deeper than skin colour

April 16, 2009

Any attention is good attention, right? There's no other rational way to explain Andrew Bolt's column in the Herald Sun yesterday.

A nation building and jobs plan for indigenous Australia

February 12, 2009 5

CDEP should never have been abolished, but this is even more the case given the predicted dire downturn in the Australian labour market in 2009 and beyond, writes Jon Altman.

Macklin’s right, the permit system needs to be reintroduced

January 18, 2008 23

The problem with the argument against the permit system is that its proponents can't actually point to a single moment in the history of the Land Rights Act where the permit system has actually contributed to death, destruction, doom and gloom, writes Chris Graham.

Redfern 1992. Notes from a parallel universe …

October 12, 2007

In 1992, Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke in the Sydney suburb of Redfern to launch the International Year of Indigenous People.