Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights

Aboriginal Australians have the oldest continuous cultures and languages in the world. The first peoples cared for country for thousands of years and have intimate knowledge of its unique environment.

The far right Islamophobic “Reclaim Australia” movement burst onto the streets in what was the biggest racist mobilisation since the Cronulla riots, in 16 places across Australia on April 4.

The Socialist Alliance supports and campaigns for:
  • Sovereignty, treaty and real land rights
  • Reconciliation and compensation
  • Recognition of rights and the building of awareness
  • Full economic and social equality — close the gap within ten years
  • Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs

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Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia.

Finance minister Mathias Cormann has threatened the opposition parties that if they continue to block key budget measures — such as the demolition of universal health care and welfare, the deregulation of university fees, and the hike in the interest rate on student HECS debts — then the government would be forced to look at raising taxes.

Early last year, an academic debate over Invasion Day erupted at the University of NSW. Apparently, some well credentialed people are offended that the term “invasion” is used to describe January 26.

The internal rifts inside the Liberal Party means the task of building a stronger socialist left in this country is even more urgent.

Protest against Black deaths in custody in Sydney on December 7. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

If the country wants to move forward, we need a Sovereign Treaty agreement and land rights.

The turnout and energy at the March in May rallies on May 18 proved that people are not going to take this budget lying down.

Suicide by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was a rare occurrence in pre-colonial times. Now, Aboriginal children are eight times more likely to commit suicide than non-Aboriginal children.

Andrew Bolt takes me to task for being “irresponsible” for “propagandising” about the colonial invasion and subsequent massacres of First Nations people.

The context in which Plibersek is attempting her insulting dressing-up of Australian patriotism is the ugly, nakedly racist push by right-wing politicians to whip up nationalism and jingoism at a time when Australia (and the rest of the world) is divided by greater inequality, spawned by a sharper exploitation by the corporate rich.