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UNSW sacks Indigenous artist

By WENDY BACON Thirty artists and academics, including several significant Indigenous artists, have vowed to boycott University of New South Wales galleries unless they reappoint long-term Indigenous staff member and Director of Indigenous Programs Tess Allas, whose contract was terminated in October. Allas, who has worked at UNSW Art and Design for more than 13 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evasion day

BY ALEC SMART The annual Australia Day celebration on 26 January each year is again facing challenges to change the date in consideration of our indigenous inhabitants. However, a backlash from unlikely sources has reopened the debate on sovereignty and respect. Imagine an Orwellian society with CCTV cameras in homes, where Australians are afraid to […]

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, […]

Indigenous surf club catches wave

BY MEL SOMERVILLE   A Randwick surfing club is calling for donations from the public to help support surfing programs and events for Indigenous youths.   La Perouse Board Riders Indigenous Corporation (LBRIC), an Indigenous Surfing club established in 1959 has been incorporated and hopes to raise money for surfing programs that will both promote […]

“We hereby make protest”

Talk of protest and civil disobedience usually conjures thoughts of distant ideologues like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Unbeknownst to many Australians we have our own rich and unsung history of civil rights activism right here in Sydney. In an homage to the founding heroes of the Aboriginal civil rights movement, a provocative […]