Beware the tolling bell

Beware the tolling bell

“Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris” (Now this bell, tolling softly for another, says to me, Thou must die.) I have long loved John Donne’s Meditation XVII; it remains pause for thought, even in this secular postmodern age … well, not so secular, but I’ll come to that soon. As with all writing, to read it only partially and without due regard for the period is to misinterpret the context and ...

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A call for a Royal Commission into the AFP

A call for a Royal Commission into the AFP

“A State cannot claim to be operating under the rule of law unless laws are administered fairly, rationally, predictably, consistently and impartially.” (Chief Justice Spigelman, as he then was, in an Address given on 20 March 2003 at the International Legal Services Advisory Council Conference Sydney) Ann Applebaum in Gulag: A History reminds us that the rule of law requires that an individual is punished only for what he does, ...

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The AFP and the 'Nazification' of Australian Society

The AFP and the ‘Nazification’ of Australian Society

I’m writing this post in response to some comments that have been left on Blak and Black over the last week or so. The comments are interesting from a number of perspectives, though for me their interest lays not so much in the comments themselves, but in the socio-economic backgrounds and age of the commenters. The commenters I’m referring to are tertiary educated, work in the medical profession and are ...

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A can of worms

A can of worms

Double standards have never been so obvious. A can of worms. That’s what you get when you take the same politico-social argument from two ethnically diverse communities and come to a different conclusion. It’s called racism. I thought that Australia’s political leaders had determined that our resources were the economic saviour of this country, but it seems there’s a rift – coal seam gas (CSG). State laws have certainly been ...

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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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Disguised extradition, Bennett, Tollman and Moti

Disguised extradition, Bennett, Tollman and Moti

In 1896 J. B. Moore, with what turned out to be prophetic insight, drew attention to the possibility of the immigration laws of the United States being utilised for the purpose of extradition: “It is, however, worthy of notice that the immigration laws of the United States require the return to the country from which they came, of all non-political convicts. Though this measure is not in the nature of ...

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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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The politicisation of the AFP and ALP corruption

The politicisation of the AFP and ALP corruption

Racism, and in particular anti-black racism, is a part of our community’s psyche. A significant segment of our community holds overtly racist views. A much larger segment subconsciously operates on the basis of negative racial stereotypes. Furthermore, our institutions, including the criminal justice system, reflect and perpetuate those negative stereotypes. These elements combine to infect our society as a whole with the evil of racism. Blacks are among the primary ...

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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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The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

What many people may not know is that Australia has its very own ‘007’, Federal Agent Peter Bond. Like all good ‘007s’ Federal Agent Bond needs an alias. After reading excerpts from his diary, which came into my possession in the form of subpoenaed material that had been placed into evidence in a matter that was recently heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal, I decided that the most appropriate ...

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Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

In fact, the worst offender of institutionalised discrimination and marginalisation of Aboriginal people is the government.—Neil Gillespie, head of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc, South Australia (‘Poor health, racism go hand in hand – research’, Koori Mail 448 p.32) Over the last few months I have been liaising with an Indonesian journalist, who like me, has an interest in Australian Federal Police racism and corruption. While her particular focus ...

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A rose by any other name: Invasion

A rose by any other name: Invasion

Earlier this week Sydney City Council voted to include the term ‘invasion’ in the Preamble to the city’s vision for 2030. It’s even made news in India. It’s caused a stir within our own borders too: “… All I can say is, so what? Caesar invaded Gaul mainly for political gain. While there, according to Plutarch, he killed 1 million Gauls and enslaved 1 million more, and now we rightfully ...

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The racism within: when the law fails Indigenous Australians, should they claim asylum?

The racism within: when the law fails Indigenous Australians, should they claim asylum?

Blak and Black has been following the program “Go back where you came from” on SBS. Anyone in Australia watching the trending topics on Twitter tonight and eagerly last week would have been hard pressed to miss the hashtag #gobacksbs. Having missed the first program on Monday due to another commitment, I caught up the next two nights, joining in the Twitter exchanges online. Human rights, is a highly emotive ...

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Co-operate or else, AFP thuggery in the pursuit of a white Australia

Co-operate or else, AFP thuggery in the pursuit of a white Australia

97 Quite rightly, the accused regarded ASIO and the AFP as arms of the state. He quite rightly assumed that they were acting together. The notion that he would be likely to reason that the AFP would not tell ASIO about the extent of his cooperation is fanciful. It would also have been utterly mistaken. Not only did the AFP disclose what he had said to ASIO, but both organizations ...

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Drew Grant and the Organisasi Papua Merdeka

Drew Grant and the Organisasi Papua Merdeka

Firstly I want to dispel any illusions that my heading might have created about Mr Grant being in any way connected to the Organisasi Papua Merdeka. The connection between the two lies solely in the fact that over the weekend I was fortunate to meet people associated with the free West Papua movement, who were visiting from Europe. Over drinks I posed a question about the murder of Mr Drew ...

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Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait

Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait

An interesting advertorial appeared in last Friday’s The National in Papua New Guinea. This advertorial appears to be a copy of a letter written by Mr Niwia Sawabarri, Chairman of the Masaingle Association to Prime Minister Gillard. The letter is a follow-up to submissions made by Mr Sawabarri to the Australian Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on 18 June, 2010 which had been tasked with looking into ...

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Reconciliation week: a joke played by ‘white’ Australians on Indigenous Australians and the international community!

Reconciliation week: a joke played by ‘white’ Australians on Indigenous Australians and the international community!

Racial discrimination against Indigenous Australians is as alive and well in Australia today as it ever was. In fact, under the lost years of opportunity known to history as the ‘Howard Years’, Australia on many, many levels wound the clock back to a more racist and intolerant past. An example of this is a story which appeared in the National Indigenous Times (NIT) in 2009. A man struck a woman ...

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Derision, lies and the death of OUR DEMOCRACY

Derision, lies and the death of OUR DEMOCRACY

I lived in Australia for a year and was astounded at the level of casual racism in all walks of Australian life. The term ‘wog’ is used by many people in casual conversation and looks of shock are met with “It’s just a word mate, they use it too!” (Samfromstroud 12 May 2011 at 10:59) Really? If this is true it is a terrible reflection on Australian society. Casual racism ...

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Who owns history, who owns the truth?

Who owns history, who owns the truth?

In an opinion piece published in the Age newspaper, Yorta Yorta man Paul Briggs (2006) angrily rejected a proposal by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough that Aboriginal culture be “showcased” by employing Aborigines from remote communities in five-star tourist venues on the Eastern seaboard. Briggs wrote: The idea caught many a breath but not just because of its patronising nature. The minister had voiced what many Australians think, and ...

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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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