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

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

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

Stan Grant and the monumental turn towards a living history

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

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

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.

What happened to Aboriginal Australia setting the agenda?

What happened to Aboriginal Australia setting the agenda?

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

Removing race from our constitution

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

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.