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The trouble with #WhiteHistoryMonth is that it is not history yet

Today, the theft of Aboriginal children – including babies taken from the birth table – is now more widespread than at any time during the last century. As of June last year, almost 14,000 Aboriginal children had been “removed”. This is five times the number when Bringing Them Home was written. More than a third of all removed children are Aboriginal – from 3% of the population. At the present rate, this mass removal of Aboriginal children will result in a stolen generation of more than 3,300 children in the Northern Territory alone.

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Who’s Been Sleeping in My House?

South African television is fascinating. Every evening, as part of an ongoing anthropological investigation into the workings of the South African national consciousness, I take my dinner with an episode…..

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JM Coetzee’s Cricketing Life

It was with some intrigue that my J.M. Coetzee google alert recently informed me that the elusive author had published something new; this time, apparently, in a contribution to a…..

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Colonialism

A satirical film made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1986. Worth seeing again.  It should also be the dvd you pop in at your colonial-themed wedding.

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'The Most Phenomenal Finale'

I don’t watch much rugby these days, but the final moments of the cup final the 2011 Edinburgh IRB Rugby Sevens Festival between Australia and South Africa a week ago is…..

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Blinded by Red Ribbons

And what has Mr. Bono been doing lately? Here he is, frolicking with a gala-flawless red satin ribbon. (Caption:”U2 front man, Bono, middle, poses with fellow band member, The Edge,…..

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Bangs: A Fine Mess

Bangs, the Australian rapper of Sudanese descent, who has made mediocrity into an art form, makes a mess of Christmas. (By the way, if you blink, you might not notice…..

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G'day Mate

“The thing that overwhelms most is the level of professionalism of native Africans in knowing how to serve a bottle of wine properly,” said Philip Crawford, a designer of luxury…..

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Animal Kingdom

It will get ridiculous over the next month.   For now the price goes to goes to the Australian media company, Optus. This is the concept for the ad, above: “……..

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Ephemera

The photography of Australian-based photographer, Louis Porter. [Featureshoot]