The movement for genuine and long overdue truth telling about Australian history has gained considerable momentum in recent years. The Frontier Wars in particular has emerged as one of, if not the most significant untold stories which it is now broadly agreed must be included in any such process.
Incarceration Nation is harrowing and heartbreaking. It takes the viewer on a journey through the legislative and policy changes, both historic and contemporary, that create systemic incarceration and racial injustice. I commend all involved in the producing, filming, storytelling and making of this very powerful, truthful film.
[Watch the premiere of Incarceration Nation on NITV, Sunday 29 August 8:30PM]
The word ‘Country’ has different meanings for people who live in this diverse land. Country can drip with the patriotism of modern Australia; it can instil thoughts of a faraway land; it can conjure a picture of rural settings, beyond the boundaries of cities and towns.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by necessity, are far more politically savvy than their fellow Australian citizens.
How the High Court decision settles the approach for compensation for extinguishment of native title rights, in a case with huge implications for native title law and beyond.
It was a sad juxtaposition in April this year, that Australia seemed so intent on mourning a 99 year old British royal, but was largely unmoved by the four First Nations’ deaths in custody that had occured in 2021 alone. At the time of publication that figure has shockingly risen to seven.
Reconciliation week is once again upon us. Some would say Reconciliation has lost its mojo, its spizzaz, is an old overused word that is out of date, and even that it has made very little difference to First Nations Peoples.
When I was at primary school we had the old Jacaranda Atlas. The one where the British Empire (sorry I mean Commonwealth) was all pinky-red spread throughout the world. It even had a series of maps of Australia underlining the process of ‘exploration’.
Dr Peter Lewis