Conversations on Constitutional Recognition

Today via UStream the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association hosted a Live Chat about the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The panelists were diverse in their opinions and the conversation was lively. They were Amy McQuire, Michael Mansell, Les Malezar, and Mark McMillan. (Apologies to Mark whose name I spelt about a … Continue reading Conversations on Constitutional Recognition

Recognise: Recogning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution

I attended my first Recognise event last week, and am finally getting an opportunity to write it up. If you’re not familiar with “Recognise”, it’s the one with the crazy-make-my-eye-squint-fluro-R logo, or officially, the national campaign to gather support for changes to the Australian Constitution which removes “race” clauses and adds in “recognition”. I have still … Continue reading Recognise: Recogning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution

The importance of Imagined Communities

Dr Sandra Phillips, currently at the Creative Industries faculty at Queensland University of Technology, writes and researches in the areas of literature and publishing, Indigenous literature and the field of Indigenous Studies. In the Convictions and Connections: Australian Theatre Forum 2011 presentation below,

The Racial Discrimination Act – proposed 2013 amendments

It was recently announced by the new Commonwealth government that they are intending amend certain sections of the Racial Discrimination Act in order to discourage litigation, particularly when it comes to free speech. We at the Critical Classroom (and Iscariot Media) do not agree with any amendments that make it okay to vilify, insult and … Continue reading The Racial Discrimination Act – proposed 2013 amendments

Inspirational TEDx speeches by Indigenous Australians

TED is a global force. Starting in 1984 in the United States, as a conference around Technology, Education and Design, it now expands into every nation and community.  And now Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are also beginning to participate as well. Luke Pearson in TEDx Canberra 2013 Michael Williams ONExEAR at TEDx Brisbane … Continue reading Inspirational TEDx speeches by Indigenous Australians