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The Visitors

Based on Australian historical events, The Visitors is set on the shores of Gadigal land in January 1788. The play explores the perspective of the Aboriginal elders before the arrival of the First Fleet. Muruwari Australian playwright, Jane Harrison who had previously written Stolen and Rainbow’s End, adds a modern twist to her new play, […]

Aboriginal footy show kicked out of bounds

By ALEC SMART Viewers of the Marngrook Footy Show are incensed that NITV and SBS have axed the popular program and it won’t be broadcast to coincide with the 2020 Australian Rules’ Football season. National Indigenous Television (NITV), a free television channel that broadcasts programs produced largely by Aboriginal Australians, and its managers Special Broadcasting […]

Coathanger climb, cruise ship crusade, diving birds, diving for trash: Hubbub – 18 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate of peers Thousands are expected to attend Friday’s Global Climate Strike gathering at The Domain in Sydney. On September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of school students and workers across Australia will join millions […]

Racism not Goodes enough

BY ALEC SMART The allegation that racism was at the heart of the relentless crowd booing that irked Australian Rules’ football player Adam Goodes has reignited, following recent screenings of a documentary film on his career, The Final Quarter. It was further augmented by ABC sports commentator Charlie King, himself of indigenous descent, who singled […]

15 years awaiting justice

BY ALEC SMART Search for ‘TJ Hickey’ on the internet and you’re likely to be directed to webpages featuring articles headlined ‘TJ Hickey, 10 years, no justice’, ‘TJ Hickey, 13 years, no justice’, and so on. The latest links are reminders that 15 years have now elapsed without a Public Inquiry that might satisfy the […]

The Ultimate Art Gallery

BY JADE MORELLINI At the Ultimate Art Gallery in Four Seasons Hotel, stroll through beautiful artworks that capture the history and heritage of Aboriginals from the first generation to the third generation of artists. Unlike any other gallery of its kind, Ultimate Art Gallery has a combination of contemporary art exhibitions, both traditional and Aboriginal, […]

Blak Markets

Blak Markets are an organisation which aims to expand the opportunities for Indigenous people and sell Indigenous product the whole year round in their online store. The foundations of the company though are in Sunday markets, which run on the first Sunday of every month. Join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artisans at the iconic Blak Markets […]

Sydney’s Forgotten Indigenous History

By Mel Somerville. Indigenous culture is alive and well in Sydney, we’re seeing it thrive and cultural knowledge being shared in places like Centennial Parklands, art galleries and beaches. Centennial Park up until now hasn’t had an Aboriginal focus and most people don’t realise it was used historically as a traditional meeting area for the […]

Chuck a wallaby on the BBQ

BY ALEC SMART The summer scent of pork, beef, lamb and chicken frying on Aussie barbecues may one day be a thing of the past, replaced by healthier native delicacies, like possum, wallaby and emu, if chefs promoting indigenous cuisine influence our eating habits. Kangaroo meat has already undergone a resurgence in the nation’s palate […]

Captain Cook’s monumental controversy

BY ALEC SMART Graffiti vandals hit the Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park last weekend, demanding an inscription on its plinth be rewritten or erased. After standing in the park with its right iron arm aloft for over 130 years, long after its esteemed human progenitor was clubbed to death on a Hawaiian beach, […]