The BBC’s Banished Whitewashes Australian History

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The news of the BBC’s new seven-part series Banished hit the news stands today. And within hours, the criticism hit the streams. After reading about Banished, I’m not surprised at the criticism. You see, it’s about Australia. In particular it’s apparently about Governor Arthur Phillip, convicts and is set on Australian shores. And guess what? … Continue reading The BBC’s Banished Whitewashes Australian History

Some Aboriginal People Are More Aboriginal Than Others

Last September (2011) I attended the annual Oodgeroo Noonuccal public lecture¬†at QUT by scholar Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson. Her lecture was titled Race Matters: Representations of Aboriginality in the Media. In it she explored the racialised history of private media in Australia, particularly it’s coverage of Aboriginal Peoples and ‘issues’. It was a very timely lecture … Continue reading Some Aboriginal People Are More Aboriginal Than Others

Rembering the Mabo Decision

THE MABO CASE Ever since Captain James Cook‘s declaration of possession in 1770, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have fought against the dispossession of their lands, food sources, waterways, families and homelands. First English, then Australian law justified it’s own existence through the concept of Terra nullius. The application of terra nullius, a latin … Continue reading Rembering the Mabo Decision

Avatar – watch with one eye closed

29 January – Update – for more analysis, commentary & opinion on the gender/race/colonising politics/themes of the film, go to Sociological Images (Thanks SRP for the link)Update 2 – Another analysis on Avatar on the blog – As The Teaching Drum Turns blog.Just a quick blog to start myself blogging again. Went to see Avatar … Continue reading Avatar – watch with one eye closed