The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The following is a modified version of an article which first appeared in the Fiji Sun on 12 September, 2011 and which Blak and Black has linked to since publishing the following article. The Fiji Sun article was subsequently copied and published by the Solomon Star on 14 September 2011. I gratefully acknowledge the Fiji Sun as being the major source for what follows. As the High Court of Australia ...

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Sapere Aude

Sapere Aude

As an escape, a folly if you will, from the miasmas of corruption, injustice and hypocrisy, I have penned the outline for a movie or story about the death of an idea, the idea being tolerance and the ushering in of an era of intolerance based on fear, xenophobia and self-interest – all driven by established religion and the selfish interests of the war mongering industries of the military-industrial-political alliance. ...

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AFP corruption and their per diem

AFP corruption and their per diem

In the 1960s Donald Horne observed, “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” This observation was followed in the 1990s by Paul Keating when he made his famous Placido Domingo speech at the Press Club, in which he noted that Australia has never had a great leader of the stature of an Abraham Lincoln, a Franklin Roosevelt or a Winston Churchill. While I loathe ...

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YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and 'SOLOMON HUB’

YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and ‘SOLOMON HUB’

Following is a press release issued by the YIndjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on 4 August, 2011. Under the heading: THE FACTS ABOUT FMG’s PROPOSED ‘SOLOMON HUB’ IN YINDJIBARNDI COUNTRY.  I have left the press release as it was written to give the Yindjibarndi a chance to speak for themselves: FMG has applied for 43 exploration licences, 4 mining leases and more than 100 miscellaneous licences in Yindjibarndi Country. The proposed “Solomon” ...

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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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Native Title: An Australian White Wash

Native Title: An Australian White Wash

He is wizened. Lines mark a face that has felt the sun’s warming rays and burning beams, eyes see the land that holds his people’s Dreams, ears hear the stories his elders told him as a youth, the stories that he is now charged with handing down to subsequent generations. The body may no longer move with the agility of the kangaroo or be fleet as the emu, but he ...

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Bruce and Bruce split the house

Bruce and Bruce split the house

All in all I have to say that this has been a good week for me on the information gathering circuit. On Monday I came into possession of the Skunky Funk Diaries, yesterday, I came into possession of what I will euphemistically call the Bruce and Bruce correspondence. My foster father gave me two pieces of sage advice as I was departing from his roof to conquer the world. Firstly, ...

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It’s time: for honesty and fairness when reporting on Aboriginal Australia

It’s time: for honesty and fairness when reporting on Aboriginal Australia

Let’s not put too fine a point on it. Without question, Aboriginal Australia is afflicted with enormous problems, not least of which are law and order and health issues. Add to this is a level of political corruption, uncontrolled exploitation of our resources by foreign multinationals and many other problems experienced by indigenous people everywhere. These problems should not be censured. As I said, Aboriginal Australia’s problems should not be ...

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Has Australia lied to the UNHRC?

Has Australia lied to the UNHRC?

The same sentencing principles are to be applied, of course, in every case, irrespective of the identity of a particular offender or his membership of an ethnic or other group. But in imposing sentences courts are bound to take into account, in accordance with those principles, all material facts including those facts which exist only by reason of the offender’s membership of an ethnic or other group. So much is ...

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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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Australia the land of the fair go – now that’s bullshit unless you happen to be fair!

Australia the land of the fair go – now that’s bullshit unless you happen to be fair!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment (ATSI) rates have soared by a whopping 52 per cent over the past decade. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s now account for a quarter of Australia’s prison population. The decade that witnessed this staggering growth in the ATSI imprisonment rate began on a high note with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation and included former Prime Minister Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations. ...

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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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Australia as “Last Bastion For The Aryan Race”

Australia as “Last Bastion For The Aryan Race”

Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four 1972 founders of the Aboriginal embassy in Canberra and leader of the 3,000 Euahlayi, says in a media release that the New Way Sovereignty Summit in Canberra will challenge Australia’s application for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. “Australia does not have the right to be nominated, let alone have a seat there. How can a colonial state of England ...

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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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The Australian Federal Police spark racial hatred in Australia!

The Australian Federal Police spark racial hatred in Australia!

A WOMAN charged by counter-terrorist police with plotting a bomb attack was allegedly directed by her boyfriend – a jail inmate serving 22 years for the execution-styled killing of a drug rival. Jill Courtney was arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder, following a series of joint federal and state police raids in Sydney’s south-west on Friday. Appearing in Parramatta Local Court yesterday, the 26-year-old Casula woman did not apply ...

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Superfluous People

Superfluous People

For today’s post I’m borrowing a theme from Turgenev, specifically from The Diary of a Superfluous Man. As readers of Turgenev will know, much of his fiction is associated with variations on this “superfluous” type, a hero who fails not simply at love, but in other arenas as well. Turgenev’s plots often hang on anticipation without consummation. So it is with Indigenous Australians. Anticipation without consummation has been the lot ...

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'The Australians are basically English rednecks' – Robin Williams

‘The Australians are basically English rednecks’ – Robin Williams

Well Robin, ya ain’t wrong, mate! Anglo-Saxon ‘Australians’ whilst superficially decent, hard working Christian folk who, whilst not regular church goers, none-the-less profess to a certain spirituality, are racist! All you have to do is scratch the surface and there you have it, not an embryonic Klansman but fully fledged pillow case wearing, cross burning racist. On Saturday 19 March an Aboriginal friend and I were denied entry to the ...

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Our youth, a future of hope?

Our youth, a future of hope?

Yesterday I received a communication from a foreign school student who has an Australian Federal Police detachment in his country. His question, to me after reading my comments on Blak and Black was: “Are the AFP really as corrupt and racist as you make them out to be on your web site?” My immediate response to my enquirer was that on the basis of my own interactions with the Australian ...

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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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