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A pollie for mainstream Australia
As part of the Stolen Generation, Charmaine Clarke's life has always been political. Now she is entering politics...

Gay and homosexually active Aboriginal men in Sydney
This small-scale study aimed to explore urban Aboriginals views on male homosexual practice and identity, with the hope of finding a way forward for education and prevention initiatives for homosexually active Aboriginal men

Leaping lizards: the giant goanna of peace
Bridging gaps ... the seven metre goanna created for Moree's reconciliation festival by Sydney lesbians and local youth

Anwernekenhe: the Black Survivors

"Hundreds of years ago diseases like small pox and scrurvy claimed thousands of Aboriginal lives. We can't let HIV do the same thing and decimate the community."

Invasion Day 1998: Aboriginal Statements

"When an ideology that elevates to national hero status the architect of indigenous genocide, it infests the fabric of society. School children, from the time that they can reason, are inculcated with the notion that theft equals righteousness, colonialism equals liberation, that indigenous peoples were and are savages, and that Euro-American superiority has been vindicated through the colonialism of the western hemisphere"

Aborigines' Progress Association manifesto (1938)

"We have in our arteries the blood of the Original Australians, who have lived in this land for many thousands of years. You came here only recently, and you took our land away from us by force. You have almost exterminated our people, but there are enough of us remaining to expose the humbug of your claim, as White Australians, to be a civilized, progressive, kindly and humane nation. By your cruelty and callousness towards the Aborigines you stand condemned in the eyes of the civilized world"

Indigenous people's Law-Ways: Survival against the colonialist state
by Irene Watson
the true story of Hindmarsh

"To those who say as they did when they planted the theory of terra nullius upon our lands that we were peoples without law, and to those who say women's law-business is a fabrication, I say: you are ignorant, and have much to learn."

Which one of this mob is gay? AVP / Ethan West + Design Nation
Image from the Lesbian & Gay Anti-Violence Project's 
'Which one of this mob is gay?' campaign. 
The project was developed by the AVP with ATSIC.
Primal fear: Race, politics and respectable Australia
By David Marr

"Did you (like me) jump out of your skin at the sight of the old black man standing in the rain in Peter Weir's The Last Wave? It was a fright straight out of childhood. Who taught me about black bogeymen who take little children away? Probably my grandmother. I'm still carrying that baggage and know I'm not alone in that."

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Who are the Aboriginal people of NSW?


Indigenous Delegates at the Constitutional Convention: Picture Courtesy of Auspic
Indigenous Delegates at the Constitutional Convention
      Pat O'Shane, David Curtis, Gatjil Djerrkura OAM,
George Mye, Neville Bonner, Lois O'Donoghue CBE, AM
Indigenous Law v Non-Indigenous Law:
How Can We Move Together Towards Tomorrow?
by Mary Yarmirr
a paper from the Women's Constitutional Convention

Food for thought

" 'At no stage did Aboriginal civilisation develop substantial buildings, roadways or even a wheeled cart.' Dispossession was bound to happen, he said. 'Those in the guilt industry have to consider that developing cultures and peoples will always overtake relatively stationary cultures'."

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fisher
(The Australian 22.6.93, page 8)

Fisher was defended against accusations of bigotry and racism by none other than Australian Prime Minister John Howard
(The Courier-Mail; 9.7.93, page 2)

Now you can see why they find it impossible to say 'sorry'?

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photo of sports carnival, Mossman, Queensland 1997 by Amanda James
Read 'A Black view of Howard's way'

"I don't think there's ever been such ill-will about the administration and policy development in Aboriginal affairs ever in the 20th century, having due regard to previous historic periods and different ways of thinking. I mean, these blokes are reinventing the 19th century."

Read about who will gain from the government's racist Ten Point Plan

"..  if Aboriginal people get to share the riches that are still left in this country, what is wrong with that? because it's only been 125 years since they took all the riches .."

Photo of Malcolm Cole by Liz Dobbie
It's the Black and White Mardi Gras

The Sydney Morning Herald covers the first organised Aboriginal float in the Bicentennial year of 1988.