A University of Sydney Professor – employed by the federal government as a specialist consultant to review the national English curriculum – has described the Prime Minister as an “Abo lover” while at the same time advising the government to focus less on teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature in our nation’s schools, and place greater emphasis on western Judeo-Christian culture. [Read more...]
The saga around the Whitehouse Institute of Design’s secret $60,000 scholarship has taken another twist. Chris Graham reports. [Read more...]
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The Whitehouse-Abbott saga deepens further, with revelations Frances Abbott was used to lobby government regulators. Chris Graham reports. [Read more...]
IN JANUARY 2014, the nation’s most famous ex-pat journalist John Pilger will launch his latest film in Australia. Two years in the making, Utopia is a feature length documentary that chronicles the ongoing plight of the First Australians and their fight for justice.
The film has a number of important themes. First, it serves as a testament to the struggle of Aboriginal people, and the truth that there has been a long resistance to the effects of invasion despite mainstream Australia’s determination to sanitize its past. Second, the film lambastes Australia for its failure to not only come to grips with its brutal history, but its frequent refusal to even acknowledge it. Thirdly, the film seeks to show that very little has changed since Pilger made his first film about Aboriginal Australia – Secret Country – in 1985. Utopia shines a light on the denial of justice to Aboriginal Australians – the withholding of basic rights like treaty and self-determination – but also the denial of basic services which all Australians expect as a right of citizenry. [Read more...]
TONY Abbott is the new ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’. One problem: no-one bothered to ask Aboriginal people if they even wanted him. It turns out they didn’t, if the most in-depth analysis of Aboriginal voting intentions ever conducted is anything to go by. CHRIS GRAHAM explains. [Read more...]
Memory is always selective, particularly when it comes to politics. I’ll demonstrate.
I can only recall five decent things John Howard did during his time as Prime Minister.
1. The gun buyback.
2. The Do Not Call register.
3. That ‘delivery’ in Pakistan during an impromptu game of cricket with Australian soldiers.
4. His subsequent attempt to catch the ball and bowl another one.
5. Losing his seat in 2007. [Read more...]