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Eva Cox

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03 February 2016

Eva Cox is a feminist activist who still believes it is possible to make societies more civil, responsible and fair. She is a sociologist by trade, a researcher who finds evidence for the benefits of valuing social goals over economic ones. Her two grandsons make gender fairness a serious priority, so they too can choose the roles that suit them, not just those prescribed by others’ assumptions. Her political interests are fired by her arrival here as a post war refugee. She is a Professorial Fellow at the Indigenous House of Learning at UTS.

http://www.evacox.com.au/

https://twitter.com/evacox

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Joe Williams and Celeste Liddle

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02 February 2016

Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri man, former NRL player, professional boxer and Wagga Wagga Person of the Year.

http://www.joewilliams.com.au/

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne, The National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and writes a blog ‘Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’.

http://blackfeministranter.blogspot.com.au/

https://twitter.com/utopiana

 

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Chris Graham

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01 February 2016

Chris Graham is the owner and editor of New Matilda. He is the former managing editor of Tracker magazine and the National Indigenous Times, was the Associate Producer of John Pilger’s documentary Utopia, and is a Walkley Award and Human Rights Award winning journalist.

 Link:

https://newmatilda.com/

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Akala

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18 December 2015

Akala is a UK rapper, social commentator, historian and writer who uses his art to bring uncomfortable truths about racism and colonialism to the public. Tiga Bayles and Amy McQuire spoke to him while he was touring Australia, about the importance of learning history, how the suppression of black history was used to dehumanise black people all across the world, and the similarities and differences between the UK and Australia.

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Luke Pearson

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17 December 2015

Luke Pearson is the founder and curator of the Twitter account IndigenousX, which has just branched out onto the online media space (click here) and is a vibrant new edition to the Aboriginal media sector. Amy McQuire spoke to Luke about the events in Aboriginal affairs this year that made the most impact, and also the lessons we all could learn to take into 2016.

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Chris Graham

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15 December 2015

Editor of New Matilda Chris Graham joins Amy McQuire to discuss a recent list compiled by Buzzfeed Australia on the ’37 times Australia was a bit racist in 2015″.

We decided to compile our own list to round out the year.

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Kai Clancy

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14 December 2015

Kai Clancy is a Murri Brotherboy and joined us to talk about his experiences growing up as a transgender man in North Queensland. We also discuss the issues facing transgender men and women and the intersecting stigmas that brotherboys and sistergirls face in this country.

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Clancestry 2015: Blacktivism

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08 December 2015

QPAC’s annual Clancestry festival included a number of conversations curated by Murri woman Dr Chelsea Bond. This is one of the conversations featuring Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, Dr Gary Foley, Luke Pearson and Amy McQuire. It is chaired by Leesa Watego.

“From the frontier wars to the Black Panthers movement to #SOSBlackAustralia, ‘blackfellas’ have consistently and creatively resisted colonial domination since the landing of the First Fleet. This conversation examines both the old and new battlegrounds of black activism, and how the messages of the movement have influenced and infiltrated local and global agendas.

Panellists explore the future of black activism, and the role of Black Media and keyboard warriorship in mobilising the masses in the digital age.”

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Rachel Atkinson

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08 December 2015

Rachel Atkinson is a Yorta Yorta woman from Victoria, who heads the Palm Island Community Company Limited (PICC) and is an executive member of the peak body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families – SNAICC. We discussed the recent Social Justice Report released by Mick Gooda, which dedicates an entire chapter to the problem of out-of-home care, and the high numbers of Aboriginal child removal.

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Kiera Ladner and Myra Tait

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04 December 2015

Cree academic Kiera Lander and Anishinaabe academic Myra Tait from the University of Manitoba in Canada join Amy McQuire to talk about the ongoing crisis around missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, the numbers of Aboriginal women who are incarcerated, and Australia’s framing of the debate to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution.

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Eugenia Flynn

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03 December 2015

Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakia, Chinese-Malaysian and Muslim writer who lives in Melbourne, but is originally from the Tiwis. We spoke about her identity as a proud Aboriginal Muslim woman, the intersections of racism and Islamophobia, and how we can build solidarity between Aboriginal and Muslims in a country intent on demonising both.

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Kate Galloway

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02 December 2015

Amy McQuire speaks to Kate Galloway, a legal academic at James Cook University in Cairns, who specialises in property law. We discuss the current framing of native title reform around property rights and economic development, and what that means in an Aboriginal terms of reference. We also talk about the need for a human rights-based approach to native title following on from the enduring controversy around the Adani mega coal mine on the Galilee Basin.

We also talk about the current political environment around land tenure reform in the context of the recently-released White Paper for Northern Development. We end with the call for treaty. You can find out more on Kate’s blog – click here.

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Ms Dhu’s inquest

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27 November 2015

This morning on Let’s Talk, we spoke to the grandmother and uncle of Yamitji woman Ms Dhu in the first week of a coronial inquest into her death. Ms Dhu died in custody in a South Hedland watchhouse in August last year. It was revealed earlier this week in the inquest that her cries of pain were ignored by the doctors and correctional officers – who accused her of ‘faking it’ and believed she was ‘attention-seeking.’

Instead, Ms Dhu had broken ribs sustained during an altercation with her partner, and had died of staphylococcal septicemia and pneumonia. This had originated from an infection from the broken rib. She was a family violence victim and should not have been in prison, her mother has said.

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Chelsea Bond

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23 November 2015

Dr Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander academic who currently lectures at the Queensland University of Technology. Her background is in health policy, but over the years she has become actively involved in critical race studies and the construction of Aboriginal identity beyond the health sector.

Chelsea and Amy McQuire spoke today about the racism that permeates Australian society, how we need Australia to have a conversation about it, and we deconstruct Buzzfeed Australia’s recent video ‘I’m Aboriginal but I’m not’ (click here to see the video.) We also discuss the Adam Goodes fallout, and why it upset ‘white fragility’.

Chelsea is also curating this year’s Clancestry Conversations held at QPAC.

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Tammy Solenec

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18 November 2015

Amnesty International’s Tammy Solenec talks to Amy McQuire about Australia’s second Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council. Tammy just returned from Geneva where Amnesty made a submission calling on Australia to correct its human rights record to lower black jailing rates, stop the forced closures of remote WA communities, remove mandatory sentencing laws, and ensure it is committed to lowering violence against women.

Australia will have to respond to the UPR in March.

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Jonathon Hunyor

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18 November 2015

Jonathon Hunyor is Principle Legal Officer for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). Amy McQuire spoke to him about the recent High Court decision which found the NT government’s controversial ‘paperless arrests’ laws were constitutionally valid. NAAJA still considers it a bad law, and Jonathon talks about the Territory-wide problem of alcohol, and the need to address it properly, rather than criminalising it.

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Wally Stewart

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16 November 2015

Wally Stewart is a Yuin man living in Narooma, on the South Coast of NSW. He is also a strong advocate for Aboriginal cultural fishing. On the South Coast, home to a multi million dollar abalone industry, local Yuin mob are being given huge fines and even jail sentences simply for exercising the cultural rights of their ancestors. They are being locked up for practising culture, and this cycle is severely affecting the community.

In 2009, the NSW government legislated for Aboriginal cultural fishing, but six years on, it is still yet to be implemented. The Yuin mob are now looking into whether their claim for Native Title will safeguard their cultural rights to fishing, but there is also the problem of also using it for economic development, like previous generations have done.

If you would like to learn more, check out their Facebook page here.

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Hayley McQuire

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13 November 2015

Hayley McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander youth advocate for education. Just recently she coordinated and facilitated a youth forum on changing the conversation around education for our mob.

That resulted in a call for action Yimba(Listen) which aims to challenge the current talk around black education to be more inclusive of youth voices. Hayley is also on the United Nation’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advisory Group (YAG), where she is the only Australian representative.

To sign the Yimba petition, click here.

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Ken Canning

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12 November 2015

Uncle Ken Canning is a well-known Murri poet and writer. During the 70s, he spent time in the old Bogga Road Jail in Brisbane and later when onto education. We spoke about what life was like in the prisons back in the 70s, whether anything has changed and how he and others campaigned for prisoners’ rights from the inside. We also spoke about what he thinks needs to happen to reduce rates of Aboriginal men, women and children in prison.

Uncle Ken also spoke about his views on Recognise and constitutional reform.

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Michael Aird

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12 November 2015

Kombu-merri photographer and anthropologist Michael Aird joined us to speak about commemorations for the Broadbeach Burial Ground on his traditional lands on the Gold Coast.

In the 1960s, soil contractors unearthed hundreds of Aboriginal remains, some of which dated back 1000 years. There was an archaeological excavation and the remains were placed in the University of Queensland’s anatomy department.

It wasn’t until 1988 that they were repatriated to the Gold Coast Aboriginal community, and reburied in a ceremony close to the original burial ground. Michael joined us to talk about the history of the repatriation. We were also joined by Aunty Lilla Watson, who worked at University of Queensland at the time, and was shocked to hear that medical students were tampering with the remains.

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