Words on words

I’ve been writing a fair bit recently. So I thought I’d better find a place on this site to consolidate the articles I’ve been writing for other sites. So this shall be the place for that. 

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?

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.

Socceroos Need More Indigenous Talent | IndigenousX | IndigenousX

Some of you may have noticed that there's a little tournament on that the moment known as the FIFA World Cup. 32 national teams have all converged on Russia to pit themselves against each other and determine which will be crowned FIFA World Champions (here's the tip, it is usually Germany, Brazil, Argentina, France or Italy).

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.