Indigenous Australians

Living next door to Alice

The fact that a yacht club exists in Alice Springs - a town hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean - says something about the Outback town's sense of humour. Alice Springs, like many Australians, does not take itself too seriously.

Sunday, 15 June, 2008, 12:00am

Now it's Washington's turn to apologise

The apology delivered by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Parliament for the mistreatment of Aborigines was strong, eloquent, moving and long overdue. Mr Rudd in particular apologised to the 'stolen generations' - mixed race children who were forcibly taken from their parents as part of a misguided assimilation policy.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lifting the cloud of despair

It is just as well little green men haven't landed in Australia and started reading up on the great brown land's black inhabitants. As one respected Aboriginal leader recently observed: 'If a Martian came here and read the local newspapers, he would think every indigenous person was drunk, on drugs and a child abuser.'

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Lost in time

REGINA GANTER IS rewriting Australian history. In a book that she hopes will unsettle long-held views of what it means to be Australian, she argues for a rethink and a more flexible approach to rigid notions of who is white and who isn't.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

There's no town like Alice for violent crime - now mayor declares a crisis

It is renowned as the gateway to Uluru, but the desert town of Alice Springs has been named the violent-crime capital of Australia, with its squalid Aboriginal camps branded 'a sea of despair' likened to the worst South African slums.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Citizens push to make amends

Between 1910 and 1970 police and welfare officers forcibly took an estimated 10 to 30 per cent of Australian Aboriginal children from their families as part of government policy of 'assimilating' mixed-race Aboriginal children into the white community.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bad blood

A bitter debate over what it means to be Aboriginal is dividing Tasmania, the island state where 19th-century British settlers came close to wiping out the entire indigenous population.

22 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

A month of Australian art

The Australian Trade Commission is hosting a one-month exhibition, Australia - Art & About, at nine galleries in Soho, Central.

Glass works, photographs and fine art, including aboriginal and contemporary paintings and sculpture, will be on display at the galleries.

Twenty-three Australian artists are taking part in the event. The programme begins on June 16.

7 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Dignity: what the Aboriginal wants

The black ghetto of Sydney's Redfern district has quietened down after the riots that followed the death last month of an Aboriginal teenager, but Australians would be unwise to ignore the warning of future racial strife unless the problems of the country's original inhabitants, now a desperate and degraded minority, receive sympathetic attention.

9 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

A ton of pride

The birth of a nation inevitably lacks a certain dramatic appeal when it comes about by a vote rather than a war.

Today's celebrations marking Australia's first 100 years may not have the same exuberance as those surrounding the Olympic Games, or the festivities marking the new millennium; nevertheless, Australians will have much about which to feel pride.

1 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Teacher charged

A primary school teacher, 56, denied at Eastern Court indecently assaulting a nine-year-old pupil and abusing another child at a Yuen Long school. The trial was set for December 15 and 16.

1 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Shock resignation highlights race rift

In a move that may herald a worsening of black-white relations, the country's most prominent and respected Aboriginal campaigner, Noel Pearson, has resigned from politics.

28 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Aboriginal first for Hong Kong

A GROUP of youngsters from Australia achieved a significant milestone last night at Shek Kip Mei when they became the first Aboriginal schoolboy team to play an international match overseas.

29 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Broken heart

I HAVE been following the recent atomic debate in these columns.

France explodes nuclear bombs in the Pacific and angers Australians who saved France's rear end in two world wars.

29 Sep 1995 - 12:00am