Words on words

Here you will find all the articles I’ve been writing for other sites, as well as some segments and radio shows I’ve been hosting for 3RRR FM.

'We have wasted too much time doing heavy lifting for white Australia': Stan Grant

The Australian Dream is a story about Adam Goodes. But, more broadly, it's the story about being blackfella in Australia. "We have to keep telling our own stories. We have wasted too much time in the past in answering back and explaining and defending ourselves and doing too much emotional heavy lifting for white Australia," Stan Grant tells me.

Segments: Uncle Jack Charles is a 'Born-again Blakfella' - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Uncle Jack Charles describes himself as a 'born again Blakfella' because of his evangelical desire to reconnect with Aboriginal heritage. Taken from his mother as a baby and raised in a variety of institutions, the discovery that his father was a Wiradjuri man has almost completed the puzzle of his identity.

Segments: Why Australia's Past Is Anything but History with Stan Grant on The Mission - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Stan Grant is a television journalist, Indigenous and International Affairs Analyst for the ABC, and Global Affairs Professor at Griffith University. In his previous work, Stan has looked into how Australia's democratic and liberal ideals have been perverted to sustain the marginalised status of Indigenous people.

Segments: Learning 'How to Let the Art Flow Out' with Award-Winning Writer Melissa Lucashenko - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Author and essayist Melissa Lucashenko was recently awarded the 2019 Miles Franklin award for her seventh novel, Too Much Lip. Melissa joins host of The Mission Daniel James to discuss her process as a writer, including how she found her own voice, as well as the ongoing importance of negotiating the ego.

Segments: Uncle Bruce Pascoe Discusses Australia's True History on The Mission - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Australian history has painted Indigenous people as hunter-gatherers, almost completely ignoring the agricultural knowledge and farming systems, which were in place well before the arrival of Europeans. Bruce Pascoe, Indigenous writer from the...

Segments: Lidia Thorpe Discusses the Significance of Djab Wurrung Trees for Treaty Negotiations - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Greens member Lidia Thorpe calls in to talk to The Mission host, Daniel James, about the current state of affairs in Djab Wurrung. She discusses the lack of meaningful dialogue between the Victorian...

Segments: Stopping the Merry-Go-Round of Disadvantage for Homeless Indigenous Women - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Housing Week is happening from August 4 to 10 and seeks to raise awareness about homelessness in Australia. During this time, Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women's Services (EMH) will be heading out to locations, including the Aboriginal Children's Court, in order to discuss housing issues and factors that contribute to homelessness for Aboriginal women.

Segments: Indigenous Heart Health with Associate Professor Luke Burchill - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Heart disease is the leading contributor to the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The first Aboriginal cardiologist and proud Yorda Yorda man, Associate Professor Luke Burchill, joins The Mission to discuss...

Weak in health, but strong in heart: Lucy Pepper's motherhood bravery.

Tuberculosis is an insidious and debilitating condition with a long list of symptoms. Once rife throughout the world, it is now largely a third world condition. In 1907, Lucy Pepper was a First Nation's woman living in a first world country, relegated to existing in a third world conditions.

Segments: The Mission: Talking Treaties and The First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

In the inaugural episode of The Mission, host Daniel James is joined by Jill Gallagher AO, proud Gunditjmara woman and the first Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner. Jill has a long and distinguished career...

Husband, Dad, Digger: The Aboriginal ANZAC who fought for family.

The Great War offered Percy Pepper the same pay and conditions as the white man. With a severely ill wife, seven dependent children and a life under the harsh Aborigines Protection Act, it gave him a chance to fight for his country and for justice.

'If the Andrews government wants a fight, they've got one'

The government is facing a growing resistance from Djab Wurrung traditional owners over the destruction of cultural heritage. Is this a litmus test for what's to come with treaty negotiations? Those who have advocated for better outcomes for Aboriginal people have long known nothing is achieved without litigation or agitation.

Daniel James: Reconciliation - the new safe word | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

National Reconciliation Week has just finished. It's a week that is becoming more and more dubious in the eyes of many. The week is bookended by two nationally significant dates, 27 May the date of the successful 1967 Referendum and June 3 when we celebrate the historic High Court decision that overturned the lie that is Terra Nullius, known as the Mabo decision.

The Day Australia Got a Conscience

The 26th of January is indeed a day of national significance and we should pause and reflect as to why.

Segments: 'It's Time to Mobilise.' Standing Up for Indigenous Victorians on The Rap - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

Tommy Lovett was wrongfully arrested by police in 2016. During the arrest the 18-year-old suffered 'deep bruising, cuts over his body, swelling and abrasions on his forehead and prominent welts surrounding his eyes...

The Horne Prize: Ten More Days

It was cold, it was mid-afternoon, but most of all it was wet. The first hard driving rain of the year. A sign the season was turning. I kept my head low, concentrating only on my footsteps. Leaping over a puddle and through the gate, my eye was caught by the flagpole, or more accurately by the flag tied to it.

It's OK to Whitewash | IndigenousX

Monday afternoon, the 15th of October 2018. A nation holds its breath as families, workplaces and boardrooms huddle around television screens as they sit tight for ultimate judgement by the learned men and women of the Australian senate. The bone crushingly heavy question they've been asked to consider, is it ok to be white.

OPINION: Massacre histories can help define identity

It is said that history is written by the victor and history itself tells us that's true. But history can also be covered up by the victor or not written at all. I grew up in north-east Victoria, in a place called Euroa. It means 'joyful' in Taunarong.

Put the dog whistles away, the "final solution" is here. | IndigenousX

"The final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote." - Senator Fraser Anning, Maiden Speech, Canberra, 14 August 2018. here's the video of Fraser Anning saying "the final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote" pic.twitter.com/n6ohvUW6Vp - Josh Butler (@JoshButler) August 14, 2018 If there was any doubt that the Australian Senate was a hotbed of racist, sexist and bigoted xenophobes then lets welcome its' newest Senator, Fraser Anning.

Daniel James: Bolt's Utopia is our Dystopia | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

As loathed as I am to give Australia's most circulated opinion blower Andrew Bolt any additional wind, his latest loathsome articles, The Foreign Invasion, which appeared in print yesterday, and his onlinearticle from earlier in the week, Watering Down Australia , do require was some examination, no matter how tiresome.

Daniel James: Why I am opting out of My Health Record | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

Initially, I was in two minds when I learnt about the My Health Record initiative to be introduced by the Federal Government. The electronic record system, which will come into effect on October 15, on the surface seems like a convenient way to keep all your health records in the one place online.

Hold onto your combs, hide your toothbrushes One Nation is here

One Nation's proposal to test the DNA of Aboriginal people to ensure they are indeed Aboriginal has opened up a real can of worms.

Australia's never ending long, hot summer

January in Australia is ruined. The ongoing and relentless culture wars have seen to that. Aboriginal people are participants in these wars, whether we like it or not. Every January the 'lucky country' swelters as the post-Christmas glut gives way to lazy days watching the cricket, post-festive shopping expeditions and days at the beach.

Segments: Reflections on Father-Son Relationships: Horne Prize Winner Daniel James, on The Rap - Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio

What would you learn if you had ten more days with a loved one who has passed? Daniel James, a Yorta Yorta man, writer and this year's winner of the Horne Prize, explores...

Five Wasted Years in Indigenous Affairs

While Tony Abbott celebrates five years of the "Abbott Government" and his new role as special envoy, Daniel James look at half a decade of wasted opportunity in Indigenous affairs.

Then Unoccupied | IndigenousX

Meanwhile in Melbourne, the world's second most liveable city, debate continues to rage around the redevelopment of one of its landmark tourist attractions, the iconic Queen Victoria Market, or the Vic Market, as us locals call it. Plans for the $250 million renewal have been developed, distributed and subsequently destroyed by committee after committee, year after year.

Daniel James: Lidia Thorpe, Member for Northcote | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

On paper, it would seem unlikely that a kid that grew up on a housing commission estate, left school at 14 and who has a deep rooted disdain for pomp and ceremony would go on to become the first Aboriginal Victorian to become a member of the state's Parliament.

The Marginalisation of Free Speech | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

Great journalism gives voice to the voiceless. It can expose corruption and unravel the complex powers structures that intersect our daily lives. One of the hallmarks of a vibrant and healthy democracy is freedom of expression - the ability to challenge authority, and to hold to account the elected, unelected and unelectable.

Welcome to the Federal Seat of Cooper | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

Melbourne, early summer 1938. Six people, on foot, leave Footscray headed to the city. For a spot of shopping, to take in some cricket or to go and see the latest movie picture at the Tivoli? No. The six led by a 77-year-old man approaching the end of his life were headed into Collins Street for a very different reason.

Daniel James: Jill Gallagher and the road ahead for Victoria's Treaty | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

No-one ever said negotiating a Treaty between Traditional Owners (TO) and the Victorian State Government was going to be easy. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before by any country in the modern era. The challenges are large, but not insurmountable. The political will is there; but for how long?

Daniel James: Small steps towards justice | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

The South Australian Government this week the idea of a treaty with its Aboriginal communities. The Federal Government continues to ignore and misrepresent the Uluru Statement gifted in good faith by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders. The Northern Territory Government this week have floated the idea of a treaty for their constituents.

A call to arms for #HandsOffOurABC

Introduction by Croakey: The Federal Government's $84 million cut to the ABC over three years comes on top of cumulative cuts of $254 million since 2014, and threatens the organisation's "survival as an effective public broadcaster", according to Ranald Macdonald, a former senior Fairfax executive, and a Friend of the ABC.

Daniel James: Social justice incorporated | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

It's the late seventies. A windswept suburban football ground in the middle of a Melbourne winter, still a very much a white man's world. The throngs in the outer spurt support for their respective teams, united only in their mutual hatred of the umpire, colloquially known as the white maggot.

"Keep a copy of the Uluru Statement, share it, talk about it, understand it. It is history in the making"

We were told to go away, in the spirit of self-determination, and come up with a proposal to forward the constitutional change agenda. Invited to participate, to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across the land to form a position, both leaders from our major political parties declined, didn't want to impose themselves on the machinations of our important work.

Is this the Australia we really want? | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

There's a lot happening at the moment. It was probably always thus, but let's take into account a few issues that are fundamentally impacting on our way of life and the way we see ourselves.

Daniel James: Greatness hides in plain sight | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

It's good to reflect every now and then. It's good to understand that if it wasn't for the sacrifices, the strength, and most importantly the love of those who came before us, many wouldn't be where they are today. Many wouldn't be here at all.

Don't let the shock jocks and keyboard warriors shape our view on Anzac Day

As Professor Peter Stanley, from the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, UNSW, wrote a few years back, on Anzac Day, Australia remembers its war dead - with one tragic exception.