What #Budget2014 means for Indigenous Australians: @NatalieCromb comments

IN Australia, if the government requires your land and/or home for infrastructure, under the land law it can proceed with a process of resumption whereby the ‘owner’ is compensated for the land. If you own a property in Australia and someone comes and starts living in your home, you are protected by the law to remove them and […]

Citizen journo @Wendy_Bacon on Joe’s ‘Widen the Gap’ budget

[clear]Last night I headed over to FBi, a successful not for profit radio station in inner Sydney to meet up with the Budget_Aus team to listen to Treasurer Joe Hockey deliver his first budget speech. We were hosted by Heidi Pett and the rest of the FBi Backchat team who were working on their show about […]

What country, friends, is this? Australia Day memories and #Leardblockade @ladyredjess

By Jessica White  @ladyredjess 26th January 2014, Australia Day “What country, friends, is this?” asks Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, when she finds herself in Illyria after a shipwreck. Her arrival heralds an opportunity to dress as a man, and sets in motion a trail of mistaken identities among the characters. This phrase dropped into my […]

The National Apology for Forced Adoptions

AFHP: The National Apology for Forced Adoption was a powerful, moving and important speech. The forced adoptions affected tens of thousands of people directly and many more beyond them. From the 1950’s to the 1970’s, an estimated 150,000 unwed mothers had their babies forcibly adopted by governments, churches, hospitals and charities. As the PM said “No collection of words […]