Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

‘ Will there be sugar after the Rebellion?’ ‘No,’ said Snowball firmly. ‘We have no means of making sugar on this farm. Besides, you do not need sugar. You will have all the oats and hay you want.’ ‘And shall I still be allowed to wear ribbons in my mane?’ asked Mollie. ‘Comrade,’ said Snowball, ‘those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you ...

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Racism, a matter of political expediency in Australia!

Racism, a matter of political expediency in Australia!

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today rebuked Australia for its political, rather than human rights based approach to indigenous people and asylum-seekers. Although criticizing some of Australia’s practices, she had considerable praise for Australia’s “strong history of commitment to human rights at the international level, and also of course a robust system of democratic institutions.” Nonetheless, she believes improvements are necessary in the realm of treatment of ...

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Who are you to judge who I am?

Who are you to judge who I am?

The following quote comes from Gary Johns’s November 11 article in The Australian. Johns is a former Keating Labor government minister, but after leaving politics has headed right, working for several years at a neo-conservative think tank – the Institute of Public Affairs. Since 2009, he’s been the president of another conservative think tank, the Bennelong Society, whose main purpose is to promote the view that Indigenous Australians should not ...

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Lest we forget ... or ignore

Lest we forget … or ignore

Lest we forget. It’s three words every Australian comes to know early in life, recited at Anzac and Remembrance Days, or funerals for the most recently deceased soldier. I honour the men and women who served the Empire, an allegiance with Britain or America as much any person, those of my own family included. On the Easter long weekend which coincides with Anzac Day, I was prompted to think of ...

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White fellas greed has no bounds!

White fellas greed has no bounds!

“I’m not sure it’s the law that would do it , it’s more the climate that does it. I’ve been critical, openly critical of aspects of government policy and that’s had some consequences for me, I’m self employed and I’m at a stage of my career where I can withstand the consequences of saying unpopular things, but if I were employed somewhere, if I were at the stage ...

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Is Native Title worth the paper it's written on?

Is Native Title worth the paper it’s written on?

At the request of one of the people mentioned in this post it has been taken down. We will review this situation and keep you informed of any progress as it becomes available. The video associated with this post was removed by Vimeo on 13 April 2011, after contact from lawyers “… for Fortescue Metals Group and its CEO …” but may still be accessed at this address. Read the press ...

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Indigeneity: the unifying factor

Indigeneity: the unifying factor

A cause doesn’t drive itself. It requires dedication, research and interrogation of facts to sift out the fiction, to find buried lies. That’s what I do. I search and question and sift until pieces start to fit together and in that process, I have realised that my cause is part of something much bigger and much more complex. The issues at the seat of my cause have turned out to ...

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Australia, you are racist!

Australia, you are racist!

So, you still think Australia doesn’t have a problem with racism? It’s time we took a good look at some evidence to the contrary, the most recent of which can be found in the Bonds Australia’s Cutest Baby Competition. It seems that when a child of Eurasian decent is included, she’s not good enough to be called Australian by some. Pippa Taylor was floored when someone posted a comment on ...

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Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Mr Paulo Flores is today’s guest poster on Blak and Black. Paulo is a European trained and qualified Psychologist, Lawyer, Mediator and Human Rights Activist. He is currently working in Australia as a mediator and investigator. Paulo was previously a case worker dealing with the victims of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. During many hours of heated discussions, fuelled by the odd bottle of red or two, we began ...

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We’re not racist, we’re Australian!

We’re not racist, we’re Australian!

Australia Day 2011, a mere 223 years after the English invasion and occupation of Aboriginal Australia, an invasion in which white ‘Christian’ males brought with them all of the then, as now, prevailing attributes of ‘Christian’ society; racism, misogyny, a misguided sense of white ‘Christian’ superiority materialism, corruption, hypocrisy, environmental vandalism and god forbid the rule of law, that epitome of civilized men, a rule that stipulates that all stand ...

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The genteel art of bullying

The genteel art of bullying

I was recently discussing the genteel art of bullying with a former associate, Paulo Flores, who is a psychologist and mediator and Watershedd, a recent contributor to Blak and Black. During the course of both of these conversations the topic turned to the definition of bullying. This made me stop and think and eventually realise that what I’m actually ‘banging-on’ about to the United Nations and on Blak and Black ...

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The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The Commonwealth and each of the States and Territories of Australia have an obligation to act as a model litigant in claims and litigation. This obligation is enshrined in legislation and form part of the ‘rule of law’, which governs the conduct of every Australian and visitor to our shores. In essence, a model litigant is required to act honestly and fairly in handling claims and litigation. Honestly and fairly ...

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Racism and Corporate Australia

Racism and Corporate Australia

Over the next few weeks I will be putting up posts written by those who have assisted me in collecting statements or who have introduced me to the victims of the human rights violations I have briefly outlined in the statistics included under the tab Racism in Australia – the facts. Prior to handing over the reins to others, I thought that I would take a detailed look at a ...

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Racism takes many forms

Racism takes many forms

Kevin Spratt, an Aboriginal man from Western Australia, was tasered up to 41 times in a week and went to hospital with fractures, a collapsed lung and a dislocated shoulder after being taken out of his cell by a special ‘cell extraction’ team, a Corruption and Crime Commission inquiry has been told in Western Australia’s Capital, Perth, this week. In one incident tasers are used on him 11 times, including ...

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