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‘People are starting to understand’: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

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Marching in Melbourne … Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that ‘if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us’

Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didn’t register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings. Read the rest of this entry

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We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead

Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying “No Pride”.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England. Read the rest of this entry

In reclaiming our history of resistance, we can also revitalise decimated languages

Australia callum indigenous xOn the bicentenary of the colonisation of New England, IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon reassesses the frontier wars

Australia: Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) call for 7 Days of Resistance in the lead up to Invasion Day Jan. 20th-26th

Australia invasion day didjeridooWarriors of the Aboriginal Resistance invite everybody to participate in the 7 days of resistance initiative starting 20th January leading up to January 26th 2018. Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance will host a series of events during the lead up to the Invasion day rallies in various cities, regional and remote spaces across the country. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘evicts’ Commonwealth from Canberra’s Lobby restaurant

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From left, Ngunnawal representative Charlie Brown, Aboriginal elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, and Ngunnawal representative Nioka Coe outside the Lobby restaurant on Monday. Photo: Jamila Toderas

by Sherryn Groch, Canberra Times, Nov 6, 2017

It’s hosted Canberra’s prime ministers, diplomats and brides but now the iconic Lobby restaurant is home to a quiet occupation.

Nioka Coe, a Ngunnawal person, joined forces on Sunday with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to “reclaim” the restaurant in an act of sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: man who ran over Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty jailed for three years

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Elijah Doughty, 14, was found dead and an unidentified 55 year old man was been charged with manslaughter.

by Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, July 21, 2017

A Kalgoorlie man who admitted to running over and killing Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty has been found not guilty of manslaughter, but was sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Australia On this day: Pemulwuy is killed

Aaustralia Pemulwuy_aka_PimbloyRemembering the Indigenous resistance fighter determined to maintain Aboriginal traditions by resisting British rule.

BY Angela Heathcote, Australian geographic, June 1, 2017

ON 2 JUNE 1802, Pemulwuy was killed, bringing an abrupt end to his long- fought battles with encroaching British settlers. Two European colonisers shot dead the Indigenous resistance fighter – an original inhabitant of Toongabbie and Parramatta area, determined to Indigenous ownership of the land. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Burnt remains of the police station and courthouse on Palm Island following the 2004 riots.

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to  Holocaust victims.  Read the rest of this entry