Politics with Michelle Grattan: Tom Calma on the Indigenous Voice to parliament.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Tom Calma, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, who has been a leading participant in Indigenous affairs for many years, about the Voice to parliament referendum proposal.
What do popular ‘settler’ Australian stories like The Castle and Trent Dalton’s books say about who we are? What do they evade? Jeanine Leane investigates the state of post-Mabo Australian literature.
Jesustown is a fictional mission in Arnhem Land.
Tim Rowse concludes that Paul Daley’s new novel, inspired by true events in Arnhem Land, is fluent and skilfully paced – but doesn’t risk complicating the critical narrative of our colonial history.
JORDAN BAKER/AAP Image
The agricultural workforce is changing but a worryingly unsophisticated understanding of workforce diversity lingers in the sector – especially in terms of Indigenous involvement in agriculture.
A submerged coconut palm on Kadavu Island, Fiji.
From Fiji to France to Central Australia, stories abound of lands lost beneath the sea. Some are likely founded on millennia-old memories of coastal submergence, offering us clues today.
As Barty emulates Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s achievement in 1971, it’s an opportunity to celebrate and to learn.
Reconstruction of traditional dwelling, Lake Condah, 2020.
Photo: Peter Sutton
A new book by an eminent anthropologist and archaeologist mounts a rigorous critique of Dark Emu, repudiating notions of ‘primitive’ hunter-gatherers.
AAP Image/Andrew Drummond
Spanish artist Santiago Sierra’s request for the blood of First Nations’ people in a now cancelled artwork prompted widespread disgust. We need Black curators who work from community standpoints.
It takes a lot for brands to back away from commercialisation opportunities. Cricket Australia’s backing away from Australia Day is significant.
Michael McCormack used a phrase that reveals prejudice during his stint as acting Prime Minister.
The Morrison government has introduced a bill to parliament to make the cashless debit card trial ‘ongoing’.
William King circa 1890.
Public Records Office, Victoria
The case of an African-American sailor who arrived in Melbourne in 1887 illustrates the long history of excessive punishment of Black bodies.
The Senate has just announced an inquiry into the use of the Aboriginal flag. Unlike other flags, it is still protected by copyright.
Following on from the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2020 has seen 5 asteroids given new names recognising the contribution of illustrious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The revamped Closing the Gap agreement is a significant achievement for Indigenous organisations. But we need more detail about who will be responsible for what.
Suz Te Tai (Ngati Manu)
When our COVID-19 lockdowns end, we can’t afford to stop caring about collective well-being. NZ is well positioned to show the world how it’s done – if we listen to Māori and other diverse voices.
Researchers May Nango, Djaykuk Djandjomerr and S. Anna Florin collecting plants in Kakadu National Park. Reproduced with permission of Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation.
Charred plant remains from one of the oldest archaeological sites reveal that the first Australians ate a varied - and sometimes labour-intensive - diet.
Professor Megan Davis is an independent expert member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution.
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Megan Davis says the idea of including an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution is being rejected on an understanding that "simply isn't true" but believes Australia has the "capacity to correct this".
The Treaty of Waitangi obliges the state to ensure that public policy is as effective for Māori as it is for everybody else.
A report on primary health care found New Zealand fails to deliver good outcomes for Māori because the state does not stand aside to allow Māori to take charge of their own affairs.
The Indigenous flag flies above Victorian Parliament in 2017.
As the flag’s copyright owner, Luritja artist Harold Thomas has the right to grant licences to whomever he pleases. Asking the government to buy back his copyright licence could be seen as an appropriation of Aboriginal property rights.