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September 2014

Western Australia’s Government to bury Oombulgurri

The remote eastern Kimberley town of Oombulgurri was slated for demolition by the Western Australian Government in November. But the demolition job may have started today. It has been reported by The Australian journalist Andrew Burrell that the demolition could be underway today,  “heading off a belated effort by Amnesty International and some Indigenous people […]

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My Country – but look how I am forced to live

One Mile Community reminds me of South Africa’s town camps, where people were, and many still are, corralled in acute poverty. The apartheid-like, third-world-akin One Mile Community is only one mile from the town centre of Broome. The contrast between this shanty town and the predominance of tourist mecca Broome is disturbing. There is no […]

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Kimberley Land Council membership votes in its hundreds to oppose Government heritage proposals

Last Thursday, the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) voted unanimously to protest the Western Australian Government’s proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act. First Peoples and land councils throughout the State have railed against the proposed changes which seek to blow away processes and which put at grievous risk sacred, cultural and historical sites. Miners and […]

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Feed the Little Children – the Durhams show governments the way!

The Kimberley is enjoyed by tourists and by most of its local population but for a significant number of the total population it is a place of extreme poverty and disadvantage. Nearly seven per cent of the Kimberley is homeless, an unbelievable situation in contemporary Australia, one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Thousands of the […]

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Cissy Gore-Birch says mining diamonds could be why Oombulgurri’s residents were evicted

The Western Australian Government has a bent for demolishing the communities and homes of First Peoples, and then sitting idly by, not too fussed about many of them who finish homeless. But is there an agenda behind some of this other than the obvious assimilation policies that Governments wrap themselves in knots over? In the […]

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“Apostle of truth, love and peace” – Asaf Ali

As the years go by and I involve myself in more and more issues of advocacy around matters related to racism, religious bigotry and other issues I find myself looking far more intently for the right areas of inspiration. Invariably these moments of search lead me back to the teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a […]

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John Pat, 31 years ago Roebourne became Birmingham, Alabama

31 years ago, an off-duty inebriated police officer, drunk not only with alcohol but with racism, killed 16-year-old Yindjibarndi John Pat. Tomorrow will be 31 years ago to the day when Western Australia’s remote town of Roebourne became known to Western Australia for what two decades earlier, Birmingham became for Alabama. On Sunday remembrances will […]

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Kennedy Hill, One Mile Community, a couple of the hundreds of apartheid corrals

The pristine Kimberley’s tourist mecca Broome is a sorry tale of ‘two cities’ – one of rampant affluence against one of incongruous grinding poverty. And it is racialised – shanty towns filled with the Kimberley’s First Peoples.  Tourists fly in from all over the world to Broome to enjoy the Cable Beach resorts and the surrounding […]

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The Heart of Everything That Isn’t

The Untold Story of Anti-Indianism in Drury and Clavin’s Book on Red Cloud   Four Arrows Fielding Graduate University I don’t mean for this to be a book review of The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud. An American Legend. Rather, I intend it to be an indictment of the […]

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Sensitive, sustainable and non-disruptive tourism is the traveller’s, and not just the travel industry’s, duty

On an open jeep safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa, we sighted a gaunt-looking lioness stalking a herd of impala from a stony outcrop. Lions only hunt in the daylight when they are extremely hungry. The lioness’ location was radioed through by our ranger to other safari jeeps in our vicinity, despite our […]

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