Munanjahli and South Sea Islander academic Dr Chelsea Bond joins Let’s Talk to discuss the outrages making news in Australia, the Four Corners expose of Don Dale detention centre, Aboriginal feminism, parenting and how racism impacts First Nations people on a daily basis.
Yorta Yorta artist Jandamarra Cadd joins Let’s Talk to discuss his own experience in Queensland youth detention centres, following on from the Four Corners report into Don Dale in the Northern Territory. He has been able to heal through the power of his award-winning artwork.
Amy McQuire marks the second anniversary of Ms Dhu’s death in custody in conversation with her Uncle Shaun Harris.
Ms Dhu was 22 when she passed away in horrendous pain in a South Hedland watchhouse. The coronial inquest into her death has yet to be handed down – and the family are calling for the release of CCTV footage to help stir the nation into outrage.
To get involved in the fight for justice see this Facebook page.
Professor Lynette Russell is an Aboriginal archaeologist and historian and the current President of the Australian Historian Association. She is also the author of a number of books – the latest of which delves into the first people executed in the area of Melbourne. They were two Tasmanian Aborignial men – Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener.
Her new book – co-authored with legal scholar Kate Auty is called Hunt Them, Hang Them: “The Tasmanians” in Port Phillip 1841-42.
You can find out more about the book here.
Prof Clive Moore is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland with three decades of experience researching Pacific Islander and South Sea Islander history. He joins Amy McQuire to continue our series on “The Forgotten Queenslanders”. He talks about the history of blackbirding, how it was ‘akin to slavery’, the attempt at mass deportation of South Sea Islanders following Federation and the discrimination felt by South Sea Islander descendants.
For more information, see Prof Moore’s factsheets at the Australian South Sea Islander Association Port Jackson.
Kaava Watson is a Birri Gubba and Kungalu man and the new CEO of Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA). He was one of the first year 12 graduates of the Murri School and holds both a Bachelor of Justice and Bachelor of Law degree from the Queensland University of Technology.
Kaava has been a Director of BIMA for over 2 years and has worked for over a decade across the areas of Law, Youth Justice, Native Title, Education and Training and is excited to join us as CEO.
Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakia, Chinese-Malaysian and Muslim writer who lives in Melbourne, but is originally from the Tiwis. We spoke about the rise of Pauline Hanson, Islamophobia, what ‘solidarity’ actually means, and the Don Dale Detention Centre.
We speak to NAAJA CEO Priscilla Collins and Sisters Inside CEO Debbie Kilroy about the Four Corner’s expose on the horrendous brutalisation of Aboriginal children in Don Dale detention centre in the NT, and why the Royal Commission should be widened to include other states.
The Human Rights Law Centre’s Ruth Barson joins us on the programme to discuss the ABC Four Corner’s report Australia’s Shame, into brutalisation of Aboriginal kids in Don Dale Detention Centre.
Joseph Boston has grown up between both the UK and America, and currently lives in Australia. His father was an African American serviceman and his mother a child of Jamaican immigrants to England. He writes and blogs at josephboston.wordpress.com.
He joins Amy McQuire to discuss Black Lives Matter.
Thalia Anthony is an Associate Professor of Law at University of Technology, Sydney, and an expert in criminal justice, focusing specifically on Aboriginal justice issues.
She joins Amy McQuire on the programme to talk about Aboriginal deaths in custody, pre-sentencing reports, Aboriginal child removal, and the way Aboriginal women are treated in the criminal justice system.
Clair Andersen is a Yanuwa and Gunggalida woman currently living in Tasmania. She works at the University of Tasmania, and previously was Head of Riawunna Centre for Indigenous Education at UTAS from 2006 to 2013. She has more than 30 years experience in Aboriginal education. She joins Amy McQuire to discuss a new, innovative project – an interactive Aboriginal map of Tasmania, launched by UTAS.
To scroll through the map, click here.
Claire Coleman is a Noongar writer and recent recipient of one of the prestigious 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships. She joins Amy McQuire to discuss the piecing together of her Noongar heritage, unraveling the black history in her own country, and the future of Aboriginal literature.
Claire’s winning manuscript – Terra Nullius – a speculative fiction novel – will hopefully be published next year.
Dr Chris Matthews is a Quandamooka man, a mathematician and chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA). He joins Amy McQuire on the programme to talk about why its important to open up a new conversation about how we teach maths and science to our kids, and how Aboriginal people had our own sophisticated system of mathematics.
You can find out more about ATSIMA and its upcoming conference here.
Prof Jon Altman is a research professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne and an emeritus professor at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has also worked in Aboriginal policy over the past three decades and is one of our foremost experts on Indigenous policy.
He joins Amy McQuire on the programme to talk about where Aboriginal affairs stands after the re-election of the Turnbull government, what may happen in the Senate and Nigel Scullion’s record in Indigenous affairs.
He also discusses the recent WA government ‘roadmap’ which looks to close down up to 150 remote communities in the state.
Luke Briscoe is a Kuku-Yalanji man and the co-founder of Indigilab, which you can find more about here.
He joined Amy McQuire to talk about the vital importance of recognising Indigenous sciences and knowledges, and how they are fundamental to the survival of humanity.
We also discuss his association with the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network, and you can find more about that here.
Luke also discusses the upcoming symposium at the Sydney Science Festival in August. There will be a gathering of First Nations academics, tehorists, researchers, designers, engineers, educators and students. It is hoping there will be a series of recommendations around “knowledge protocols and actions to advance partnerships, information sharing, research and development.”
The symposium will be held from 13 August – 14th August. Click here for more details.
Ursula Yovich is one of Aboriginal Australia’s most talented actresses. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. She is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Balnaves Foundation’s Indigenous Playwright award.
She joined Amy McQuire to speak about her award-winning screenplay and the themes revolving around it, which stemmed from the cultural protocols and sensitivities she had to navigate following her mother’s death.
For more information on the Balnaves award click here.
Wathaurung woman and researcher Carol McGregor and Taungwurrung-Yorta Yorta woman Glennys Briggs join Amy McQuire to talk about the significance of possum skin cloaks to our mobs, and how revitalising the ancient art of making them could aid in healing our peoples.
Carol and Glennys have an exhibition – ‘The Art of Skins’ – currently showing at the State Library of Queensland. For more information click here.
And to see a video recording of the interview, click here.
Amy McQuire broadcasts Let’s Talk live from Musgrave Park’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day with guests Leesa Watego and Vernon Ah Kee.
Leesa Watego is a prolific First Nations writer and blogger, while Vernon Ah Kee is one of our most awarded and critically acclaimed Aboriginal artists.
They also run a business – Dark and Disturbing, where you can find T-Shirts with slogans like ‘Aboriginal all the time’ and “Australia Drive it Like You Stole it”. You can find their online store here:
Emelda Davis is a South Sea Islander woman and the president of the Australian South Sea Islanders Project Jackson. She joined Amy McQuire to discuss her own family history, and the other black history in Queensland and New South Wales.
The Qld government has records of 62,475 Pacific Islanders who came over as indentured labourers from 1863-1904. Their hard work helped build the economic base of the colony. Although it was termed as ‘indentured labour’, South Sea Islanders widely view it as slavery. Throughout the ‘labour trade’ there were allegations of kidnapping and slavery.
For more information check out ASS-PJ’s website, which has information sheets and articles on Australian South Sea Islanders.