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 seek compensation for any damage occasioned to your home. This is not the Indigenous experience, however. Australia was declared by English settlers to be ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no one). This is a declaration that was proven to be not only factually incorrect but contrary to the prevailing English law of the time. As the […]

Open the gates: Iris Ray Nunn comments

As always, when thinking about farmers being invaded by coal seam gas companies, I think also of our indigenous ancestors being invaded by farmers. So many First Nations' people stopped walking their Country, to their sacred sites, for fear of being threatened and shot at by farmers. Although farmers alive today are NOT personally responsible, and love and deeply respect the land, I believe they have a moral obligation to speak up about the historical fact that the land they live on was stolen in the first place via murderous force used by their ancestors. And to outwardly acknowledge the suffering and misery that this has caused to those that […]