The Other Side of the Coin

Glimmers of hope for TJ Hickey justice

Indigenous Social Justice Association 10 February 2011

On Monday 14 February 2011, the Hickey Family, ISJA, other Justice-seeking Groups, and concerned Community members will be holding the 7th Anniversary of the tragic and unnecessary death of 17 year old TJ Hickey arising from a police chase when TJ was returning to his Aunt's residence at Waterloo.

TJ became impaled on the spiked fence at the side of the Taurunga Housing Units in Philip Street, Waterloo after he was rammed by a police vehicle.

'Close the Gap Yourselves!' Gillard's Speech

Julia Gillard - Australian PM

Julia Gillard has delivered the third annual closing the gap speech to federal parliament. Following in Noel Pearson's footsteps Gillard infers that Aboriginal disadvantage is of their own making.

" ... and Closing the Gap is a way of saying that Indigenous people should expect of themselves the same things all Australians expect as well. Because I also believe that with opportunity comes responsibility and individuals only achieve progress though work and effort ... so I see Closing the Gap as a call for changes in behaviour. "

Read the full speech

Action Against Changes to Sentencing Laws in Victoria

Join the Abolition Collective to challenge the proposed new laws of the Baillieu Government, which will lead to more people in prison. More people in prison does not result in a safer community. Help us show the new government that there are people who will fight these changes.

Melbourne - Steps of Parliament House, Spring Street
Tuesday 8 February 2011, 5pm (for 5.30 start)

The state government is about to make huge changes to sentencing in Victoria, which will ultimately increase Indigenous incarcerations.

Australian Indigenous People: 'World's first astronomers!'

Australia's most distinguished astrophysicists are starting to believe (that) a discovery could turn history and cultural books upside.

Dubbed Wurdi Youang, the strange stone arrangement was found on a property near Mt Rothwell, 80km west of Melbourne, its two points set in perfect alignment with the setting sun on a mid-summer's day.

CSIRO professors believe the ancient Aboriginal sundial could be more than 10,000 years old, an estimate that would have it pre-date the famous neolithic Stonehenge.

Among Us: A Story of the Stolen Generations

Documentary by Richard Franklin, 30 mins
Among Us is a story of the Stolen Generations of Victoria, where Aboriginal elders return to the institutions in Ballarat that they were removed to as children between the 1950's and 1970's.

They are interviewed by acclaimed Indigenous director Richard Frankland, and in their own words, paint a vivid portrait of life in the homes, and the personal and emotional challenges faced as an adult separated from family and identity.

Sunday 13th February 2011, 6.30pm, 8.15pm
Melbourne ACMI Cinemas - Free Admission

'Expert' Panel: Indigenous Recognition in Constitution

Richard Downs Indigenous Peoples Issues 30th January 2011

I know the majority of the leaders and organizations across our country will be jockeying for position to be heard and to put forward their submissions to the so-called expert panel. This appears now to be the norm, where it’s more self-interest and to see who or which groups and organizations can be acknowledged. This we appear to continually do, divided and not as one people. We appear to be wanting to please the governments and the public, fearful to be seen as making trouble or stirring, and continually fighting over crumbs the governments throw our way. I would put all of us down to being gutless, afraid of the unknown, and afraid of ourselves when we should be standing together to stand and fight.

We are still shackled captives of government

Aboriginal New Way Summit

Goodooga, northwest NSW, 4 February 11

"We have not had the shackles of control removed from our feet. We continue to be captives at the will of the government and their collaborators. We do not have liberators who work to free our people," says Aboriginal political activist, Michael Anderson, announcing the next New Way Sovereignty Summit.

It will take place over the Easter long weekend at the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra, commencing Good Friday through to Sunday, with a protest march planned for Monday from the front of the Australian National University to Parliament House.

Michael Anderson, the sole survivor of the 1972 embassy launched the New Way movement which has had four gatherings so far.

Download, Print & Distribute: pdf New Way Summit A4 Poster pdf file

United Nations: Advance Questions to Australia

Australian officials appeared before the United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday 27th January 2011 for what is known as a universal periodic review. About 50 countries participated in Australia's review, making almost 150 recommendations.

Foreign governments have called on Australia to improve its treatment of Aborigines with several countries expressing concerns and have urged Australia to increase its efforts to overcome indigenous disadvantage and racism. Australia was also asked to enact a comprehensive national human rights act.

It's time Aborigines got due recognition

Australia Day celebrates murder and genocide

Australia Day, that artificial and trumped-up celebration, the excuse for manufactured emotion, should force us to look closely at our history and the truths of that history vis-a-vis the Aboriginal population and the brutal facts of that history ... Mostly, Australia Day is designed to suffocate truth and fact. - writes Peter Gebhardt. Read More

We as Australians celebrate a day when a series of events was unleashed which almost led to the extinction of a people as our national day. - writes Dr Jo Toscano. Read More

All Australians should learn an Aboriginal Language

Professor Christie, who was named the Northern Territory's Australian of the Year, wants more Australians to consider learning an Aboriginal language, "If you study the language you start to learn about kinship and about land ownership and about ceremonial history, which actually teaches you something more general about Aboriginal societies ...

He said all Australian children should be given the opportunity to learn an Aboriginal language at school, in addition to the foreign language classes on offer ... "The use of Aboriginal language in schools brings Aboriginal parents and grandparents into the school and so brings the community and the school together"