Wednesday, June 15, 2005

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This article is too hilarious NOT to post! Enjoy.

National Indigenous Times
Issue 81
June 12, 2005

Outrage at PM plan to keep blackfellas in the dark
By Chris Graham

NATIONAL: Prime Minister John Howard has hosed down speculation that
Indigenous Australia will receive another new dawn in the next few months,
sparking widespread outrage among journalists and sub editors at The
Australian newspaper.

During a speech to the recent Reconciliation Australia workshop in Canberra,
Mr Howard said:

"I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to come and address this
gathering," Mr Howard said.

"In the past there has been a sense in which dialogue between the Government
and many of the leaders of the Indigenous community has dwindled almost to a
point of non-existence.

"I don't sense that today. I sense there is a spirit of hope and optimism
about what can be achieved.

"I'm not going to talk about new dawns in reconciliation, we've had too many
false dawns in the past and those approaches are always doomed to produce
disappointment."

The comments have sparked internal dissent within the News Corporation
publication, with one journalist from The Australian, who asked not to be
named, telling NIT that "the Oz is gonna get the Prime Minister for this".

"This newspaper told Australia and the world that Aboriginal people got a
new dawn only last week," the unnamed source said.

"And the week before that, we told them Aboriginal people got six new deals,
eight new agreements and one new accord.

"We've been predicting new dawns for Aboriginal people on an almost
fortnightly basis for the past five years, and now John Howard tells us
there are to be no more. Who the hell does he think he is?

"We may have backed him in the last election, and the three before that, but
that doesn't mean we're just going to keep on doing it."

Another informed source, who spoke to NIT on the condition of anonymity,
predicted a vicious campaign of cartoons and mocking editorials from The
Australian.

"We're calling it the 'New Dawn in the War on Terra Nullius," she said.

"They can raid us, they can send the cops around, but all they find is a
truckload of government press releases and a few documents leaked by
friendly government ministers."

But not everyone at 'The Oz' was similarly outraged. One informed source,
who asked not to be named, said the "ending of the dawn of new dawns", also
known by staff as the "dawn of the era of no more new dawns" was, in fact,
welcome.

"To be honest, it's a bit of relief," the anonymous, informed source who
asked not to be named and spoke to NIT on the condition of anonymity, said.

"I think the editor-in-chief of The Australian who asked not to be named was
getting a little too close to all this.

"A fortnight ago, after we predicted a new dawn and a petrol bowser for one
Aboriginal community, the editor-in-chief of The Australian, who I can't
name for reasons of anonymity, sent 'round a memo asking all staff to refer
to him as 'Sunshine' from now on.

"It really was getting out of control."

NIT made no attempt to contact the editor-in-chief of The Australia, who we
were asked not to name, to confirm the unsourced, anonymous and
unsubstantiated claims, however NIT understands he is outraged at the Prime
Minister's plan to keep "Aboriginal Australians in the dark".

An anonymous journalist from the Daily Telegraph - another News Corporation
publication - said he was unaware of the dissent within his sister
newspaper.

"What's an Aborigine?" he said.

Meanwhile, the editor of NIT, Chris Graham, who has also asked not to be
named, apologised to readers for the apparent decline in the quality of NIT
articles.

The National Indigenous Times online

Friday, May 27, 2005

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Hello! I am back.

I hope you're all going to see at least one of the films at the
Message Sticks Festival, they all look fantastic. I'll be attending the Saturday session, I'm far too shame to attend the film festival opening night tonight. Plus the weekend sessions are free, which is always a good thing. Including the word plus twice in a sentence, however, is not. I wish I had the cash to also see Mary G, alas Sigur Ros has emptied my piggy bank and as a result my Mum has disowned me. I will never be able to explain how I chose Icelandic muso's who sing in a made up language over our beloved Mary G. I'm also missing Jared Diamond at the Sydney Writers Festival, but I've yet to finish 'The Third Chimpanzee' so I don't feel too guilty.

Just less literarily elite and more of an indie wanker. Is literarily even a word? It is now!

I'm sorry for disappearing, it was a fight/flight response and we all know which option I chose. There was too much pressure, too much negativity, not enough tongue firmly implanted in cheek and certainly not enough lightheartedness. There is only so much seriously depressing material I can write. But I didn't want to tarnish any of my opinions by over personalising the blog, then again, why would you want to read a blog if you didn't at least get an inkling of the writers personality? Well, I know I wouldn't want to. It was disappointing having to disconnect for a while from this medium, because a strong black voice is still sorely needed, but I personally needed a little distance to get my head around what I could achieve by having a blog.

I've previously been accused of thinking too much, gees, ya think?

I still have no internet at home, but that shall be rectified in a month or so, I will update much more regularly then. I also missed out on Grog Blogging II, I felt like a bit of a fraud turning up when I hadn't updated in months. There better be another one soon, darp, otherwise I may never get a chance to get charged up and ranty with fellow bloggers.

Edit: Entry 23, for a 23 yr old whose birthday happens to be on the 23rd. How intriguing!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

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Happy International Womens Day everyone!

Uncle Jimmy Little was on SBS's RockWiz on Saturday night and was absolutely deadly. Go uncle!

Friday, March 04, 2005

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been incredibly busy. I'm heading back home in a few weeks for a holiday, which should be excellent, but until then I'm absolutely flat tack.

Here are a few news items:
The UN to re-examine Australias treatment of it's Indigenous people

QLD Minister for Indigenous Policy Liddy Clarke resigns

Wongatha/Ngadju Elders to take protest to Canberra

I'm not sure what to say about the Macquarie Fields riots. I've never lived there, or even been out there, so I can't really say. All I know is the shock and trauma of losing loved ones can be overwhelming, but in my very honest opinion, nothing justifies violence. As an outsider I'm saddened by both the actions of the police and the actions of the community.

Monday, February 21, 2005

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Interview on Koori Radio 19/01/2005.

It's about 15 minutes long, feel free to have a listen.

Monday, February 14, 2005

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Sorry for the lack of updates, I will rectify that shortly. Let's just say that no one is safe from hatred, not even from their own people.

A few links:

ReconciliACTION Australia

Redfern-Waterloo Yahoo discussion group

Your Voice political party (still under construction)

Friday, February 04, 2005

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This article is a must read for anyone.

Speak of the real pain and no one listens