A mile in his shoes - learning from Monet

A mile in his shoes – learning from Monet

Chocolate is the panacea of woe, but in more recent years, I’ve found my palette appreciating much more of the citrus tones that cleanse and refresh, even if some do bite. Perhaps orange is a symbol, a marker of age. When glaucoma takes hold, the vision can develop an orange tinge; same too with cataracts. Perception of the world changes and we see with, in the most literal sense, different ...

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The blind juggler: Aboriginal offending and sentencing

The blind juggler: Aboriginal offending and sentencing

Jim Jim where is our party? where all members’re held equal an’vow t’infiltrate that thought among the people it hopes t’serve an’sets a respected road for all those like me. These words were written by Bod Dylan in response to the speech given by John Lewis on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the afternoon of August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. during the 200,000 strong march for ...

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OUA and Australia’s culture of corruption

OUA and Australia’s culture of corruption

Before I launch into today’s topic I’d like to offer an apology for my long absence from Blak and Black. I have been helping a friend restore a 19th Century sailing boat. In the process he asked me to paint a mural of Scylla and Charybdis in the main cabin. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Scylla and Charybdis myth, in Greek mythology, Scylla and Charybdis were ...

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The Hunger Games, contemporary spin on ancient tale

The Hunger Games, contemporary spin on ancient tale

My mind has been drawn to another of Rilke’s poems – Dreaming: This my labour: crowned by desire to wander the paths of days. Then sturdied, strong, send rootlet streamers down deep into life as I may — and through its pain mature far beyond it, and long past the end of time. I treated myself today to a luxury I rarely allow myself – a trip to the cinema, ...

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Anti-Aboriginal racism rife in the Australian Community

Anti-Aboriginal racism rife in the Australian Community

The National Tertiary Education Union (“NTEU”) has released the findings from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member survey ‘I’m Not Racist But … Report on Cultural Respect, Racial Discrimination, Lateral Violence and related Policy at Australia’s Universities’. The survey findings indicate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic and general/professional staff continue to experience racial discrimination and a general lack of cultural respect in Australian universities. Following the numerous ...

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Not everyone is lucky in the Lucky Country

Not everyone is lucky in the Lucky Country

“Australia is different.  Australia is a country with universal subsidised healthcare, subsidised tertiary education with an efficient and fair loans scheme which is paid at an acceptable rate only out of the money you earn, near universal employment and an expansive welfare system that can sustain the unemployed for years if that’s what the situation requires (unlike the US’ time-limited unemployment benefits scheme).  … It’s not perfect but when an ...

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No amount of education will ever make us white

No amount of education will ever make us white

The following is a letter I received from a reader of Blak and Black and the Fiji Sun, talking about his experiences as a Pakistani/Australian living in Australia’s Capital, Canberra: Dear Sir, I read with interest your article Moti End Game which appeared in the Fiji Sun on Friday 22 July 2011. I commend you on your courage in standing up for the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific ...

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Modern Racism by Paulo Flores

Modern Racism by Paulo Flores

Bakchos has asked me to write a post for Blak and Black about what has come to be known in the United States as Modern Racism a concept which I have discussed under the heading, Modern Racism. While the primary purpose of this post is education and information, it also acts as a rejoinder to comments left on Stumbleupon by Ratbags to Bakchos’s last post on Blak and Black, Lies ...

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Wilcannia Central School & ICAC

Wilcannia Central School & ICAC

Today’s on-line edition of the Sydney Morning Herald includes an article titled No fish too small, says Greiner in defence of ICAC, in which the former Premier of NSW Mr. Nick Greiner argues that the role of ICAC is to investigate all corruption, not just the big issues. Mr. Greiner is quoted in the SMH article as saying of the role of ICAC that: ”I think it’s a bit easy to ...

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The educational haves vs. Wilcannia Central School.

The educational haves vs. Wilcannia Central School.

Desmond Webster, an Aboriginal student from Wilcannia Central School in NSW’s far west, was suspended in July for leaving school at lunch-time to buy food for younger children who had not eaten all day because the school closed the canteen without notice. On 6th December The Sun-Herald reported that twice this year, as many as 20 students were suspended at Wilcannia on a single day. Clearly Wilcannia Central School falls ...

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