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Bibliophile | Tjanara Goreng Goreng is A Long Way From No Go

A Long Way From No Go by Tjanara Goreng Goreng Wild Dingo Press Christened Patricia Mary Williams, Tjanara spent her first years at No Go cattle station before moving into the town of Longreach in central western Queensland. She remembers that her family as being “impeccable Catholics” with a house so spotless that nobody could […]

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Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Between 1905 until the section was repealed in 1955, The Aborigines Act 1905 (WA), (entirely repealed in 1964), specified that our First Nation Peoples in WA could not marry a non-Aboriginal person without permission from the so-called ‘Chief Protector’ (Between 1905 and 1936, this only applied to Aboriginal women marrying non-Aboriginal people, after 1936 it […]

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Black Rainbow: Mental health and the Indigenous queer community

‘Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance’ – Verna Myers Dameyon Bonson, recipient of the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award 2016, is working to strengthen Indigenous communities and improve the access to mental health services by Indigenous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Intersex people and decrease homophobia and […]

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First gay indigenous MP Chansey Paech gives maiden speech

Voters in the Northern Territory have elected Australia’s first openly gay indigenous man to office, voting for Chansey Paech to represent the state seat of Namatjira. The Labor MP and former Alice Springs town councillor told the chamber in his maiden speech that he is proud to represent Australia’s diversity. “Madam Speaker, I am young, I […]

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Siewert gains Senate support for aged care inquiry

Siewert gains Senate support for aged care inquiry

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert has secured senate support to launch an inquiry into Australia’s aged care sector workforce. Senator Siewert’s motion calls for the government Community Affairs Reference Committee to look into the future of aged care in Australia in a number of areas, including its current composition and challenges and factors impacting […]

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James Clarke Wins WA Young Person of the Year

James Clarke Wins WA Young Person of the Year

Last night James Clarke was awarded WA Young Person of the Year in a ceremony presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA and the Department of Local Government and Communities with support from Lotterywest. 17 year old Clarke was recognized for having overcome prejudice as an Aboriginal and out homosexual youth. He has been […]

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Mundine Says No Place for Homosexuality in Indigenous Culture

Mundine Says No Place for Homosexuality in Indigenous Culture

Boxer Anthony Mundine has criticised an episode of the critically acclaimed ABC TV program ‘Redfern Now’ for showing a gay aboriginal man . Mudine reportedly posted to his Facebook account, “Watching Redfern Now & they promoting homosexuality! (like it’s ok in our culture) that ain’t in our culture & our ancestors would have there (sic) […]

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Living as a Double Minority

Living as a Double Minority

As members of the rainbow community we all at one stage experience oppression, discrimination, and marginalisation.   We are a minority group; with just one of us per ten of the Australian population. Many of us fall into another minority sector; according to Clint Little, Jim Morrison and Wendy Hendry – being a member of more […]

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