Australian aboriginal issues
By Linda Tenenbaum, 15 April 2019
On April 5, 1999, Yabu Bilyana, the first indigenous Australian to join the International Committee of the Fourth International, died at the age of 54. This obituary was written by then Socialist Equality Party assistant national secretary, Linda Tenenbaum, and published by the WSWS on April 7, 1999.
Message of condolence from David North
15 April 2019
“Had he not been so tragically disabled by illness, Yabu undoubtedly would have played a major role in the expansion of the party’s influence in the working class.”
Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”
By Yabu Bilyana, 15 April 2019
Bilyana exposed the ongoing oppression of Australia’s Aboriginal population and the whitewash carried out by the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.
By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2018
The two teenagers were so terrified of being taken into police custody that they tried to escape by swimming across a dangerous river.
By George Morley, 13 March 2018
Warwick Thornton’s second feature is a visually striking and powerful historical drama, which confronts audiences with some ugly truths about Australia’s colonial past.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2018
The appalling social situation confronting Australia’s indigenous people is one of the sharpest features of a broader impoverishment of the working class.
By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2017
In 1967 millions of Australians voted to change the constitution, in the hope that it would bring an end to the nearly two centuries of brutal oppression of the country’s Aboriginal population.
By Zac Hambides, 29 December 2016
Although racism undoubtedly plays a role in the cruel treatment of indigenous people by the police, Dhu’s death points to the high rate of deaths for all prisoners.
By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2016
While Australia’s political elite hails the 1966 Wave Hill walkout strike, tens of thousands of Aboriginal people continue to live in dire poverty.
By Mary Beadnell, 18 February 2016
Deteriorating social conditions are hitting the entire working class, with Aborigines among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
By Susan Allan, 4 November 2015
Once more, Aboriginal people are being used as guinea pigs for measures designed to dismantle welfare entitlements throughout the working class.
By Susan Allan, 31 May 2014
John Pilger presents a stark picture of Aboriginal disadvantage and oppression but blames racism, not capitalism.
By Vic Neufeld, 8 March 2013
Allegations of murder, cruelty and genocide in Canada’s now-defunct residential school system for native children has sparked an ongoing “history war”.
By Carl Bronski, 6 March 2013
The abyss is widening between the hundreds of thousands of natives facing deprivation and the official leadership of the aboriginal community.
By Richard Phillips, 21 February 2013
Behind the cynical claims of concern in parliament, the shocking social conditions are the direct responsibility of successive governments over the past two centuries.
By Richard Phillips, 31 January 2013
The appointment is part of Labor’s efforts to “revamp” its image in the lead up to the federal election.
By Carl Bronski, 31 December 2012
A groundswell of protests has emerged against poverty and government measures aimed at opening up native people’s lands to capitalist resource-extraction.
An interview with Tony Krawitz, director of The Tall Man
By Mike Head, 5 March 2012
The WSWS spoke to Tony Krawitz about The Tall Man, his first full-length documentary.
By Mike Head, 5 March 2012
The documentary points to the connection between the social conditions facing indigenous people and the injustice of Cameron Doomadgee’s killing.
By Susan Allan, 12 December 2011
Labor’s new legislation for the Northern Territory is part of a dramatic escalation of the assault on the social conditions and basic rights of all sections of the working class.
By Susan Allan, 21 July 2011
The Labor government has launched a “second stage” of the intervention, which has become a key testing ground for a continuous assault on welfare recipients, indigenous and non-indigenous alike.
By Richard Phillips, 27 May 2011
Lionel Rose will be remembered long after the well-heeled politicians “paying their respects” have left the scene.
By Alex Messenger, 28 June 2010
Labor’s punitive new regime of “income management” comes into force this week, extending powers first applied to Aboriginal communities in 2007.
By Mike Head, 24 June 2010
The whitewashes and legal manoeuvres are a damning indictment of the judicial system and the Queensland state Labor government, which has backed the police from the outset.
By Robert Morgan, 23 February 2010
On February 1, the Labor government compulsorily acquired the land of the Ilpeye Ilpeye town camp, establishing a new benchmark in opening up areas presently controlled by Aboriginal communities for unrestrained capitalist exploitation.
By Susan Allan, 24 December 2009
Despite clear evidence that its policies are producing a social and economic disaster, the Rudd Labor government has introduced legislation to strengthen and extend the Northern Territory intervention first imposed on indigenous townships more than two years ago.
By Richard Phillips, 16 September 2009
All factions of the political elite came together last month to denounce the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights after he criticised the federal Labor government’s policies towards Aborigines.
By Susan Allan, 21 August 2009
Residents of the remote Aboriginal community of Ampilatwatja walked out of their settlement last month. The WSWS interviewed a spokesperson.
By Tony Cornwell, 7 August 2009
The most remarkable feature of Gurrumul, the recent first album by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, is this blind Australian indigenous singer’s extraordinary voice.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2009
Powerful criticism of decades of deliberate government neglect of Australia’s poverty-stricken indigenous communities by former swimming star Ian Thorpe has been subjected to a virtual media black out.
By Susan Allan, 24 July 2009
According to the Productivity Commission’s latest report, the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is either static or widening across 80 percent of social statistics.
By Joe Lopez, 29 June 2009
A coroner has described as a “disgrace” the treatment of a 46-year-old Aboriginal elder who died of heatstroke in the back of a prison van in sweltering heat with no functioning air conditioning.
By Susan Allan, 27 June 2009
The federal and Northern Territory (NT) Labor governments last month unveiled a series of free-market measures that will deepen the poverty and suffering in indigenous communities.
By Richard Phillips, 14 May 2009
Samson and Delilah touches on many social issues—poverty, homelessness and substance abuse in Aboriginal communities—questions that Australian feature filmmakers have, up until now, largely chosen to ignore.
By Mary Beadnell, 2 December 2008
The Secret War: A True History of Queensland’s Native Police is a valuable exposure of the systematic military-style violence employed against Aboriginal people in the Australian state of Queensland during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Government ignores calls for restoration of Racial Discrimination Act
By Richard Phillips, 19 November 2008
In another sign of its contempt for the democratic rights and social aspirations of Australia’s indigenous people, the Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has decided to continue its police-military “intervention” against Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.
By Mike Head, 10 November 2008
An Aboriginal community leader was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment last Friday in the latest chapter in the shocking saga of the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, who died in agony on the floor of a police cell on Australia’s Palm Island in 2004.
26 June 2008
June Mills, a worker for the Long Grass Association which provides care for homeless indigenous people in Darwin, spoke with the WSWS on the impact of the Northern Territory intervention.
25 June 2008
Rodney Barnes was interviewed by the World Socialist Web Site in the Northern Territory town of Tenant Creek.
24 June 2008
Kenny Laughton speaks with the World Socialist Web Site on the conditions facing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
19 June 2008
Residents of Aboriginal townships speak to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the state intervention in the Northern Territory.