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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Between 1905 until the section was repealed in 1955, The Aborigines Act 1905 (WA), (entirely repealed in 1964), specified that our First Nation Peoples in WA could not marry a non-Aboriginal person without permission from the so-called ‘Chief Protector’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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A new exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum

A new exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum

A landmark exhibition of WA Indigenous art acknowledging and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, opens this weekend at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). When the Sky Fell brings together a range of Indigenous artists who continue to lay claim to country and document the history of those places significantly affected by […]

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The Chooky Dancers: Djuki Mala tell their Yolngu story at Fringe World

The Chooky Dancers: Djuki Mala tell their Yolngu story at Fringe World

Djuki Mala, perhaps better known as The Chooky Dancers, became an international sensation when their dance interpretation of Zorba the Greek went viral in 2007. The dance troupe from Elcho Island have been entertaining audiences ever since with their unique reimaginings of traditional dances and contemporary pop hits and celebrating Indigenous culture through storytelling. Dancer […]

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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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Barnaby Joyce: Nobody has really been insulted by marriage debate

Barnaby Joyce: Nobody has really been insulted by marriage debate

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has dismissed concerns about the mental health of the LGBTI community in relation to the government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. Speaking to ABC radio this morning Joyce said nobody had been insulted by the debate over marriage equality. “The idea that this will cause a huge ardent debate – […]

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Indigenous leaders concerned about plebiscite

Indigenous leaders concerned about plebiscite

Indigenous leaders have raised concerns that the government’s handling of the marriage equality plebiscite will have a negative flow-on effect to the referendum on indigenous constitutional recognition. Professor Marcia Langton has told Fairfax Media that she’s worried that a vitriolic plebiscite campaign would set the tone for the referendum planned for 2017. “I don’t think […]

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Rachel Siewert: Support needed for Aboriginal mental health services

Rachel Siewert: Support needed for Aboriginal mental health services

OPINION Anyone that lives or works in Central Australia would tell you that Alice Springs Pride holds the same sense of excitement that comes with Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. I was in Alice Springs in the lead up to 2015 celebrations and across town cafes were proudly plastered in posters promoting events that […]

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The Black Rainbow Living Well Foundation Achieves Fundraising Success

The Black Rainbow Living Well Foundation Achieves Fundraising Success

The Black Rainbow Living Well Foundation has recently announced that its fundraising campaign has been a success. The new initiative was launched to create a foundation to deliver support to indigenous LGBTI people and provide suicide prevention strategies. A crowdsource fundraising campaign was launched to fund the Black Rainbow Living Well Foundation through the website […]

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