Fifty Years After Recognition As “People” Australian Aborigines Demand Political Voice

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SYDNEY (IDN) – In 1967, in a historic referendum, some 92 percent of Australians voted for the original inhabitants to be recognized as “people” to be counted in the census.

Exactly 50 years later, over 250 Indigenous Australians met in a historic summit overlooking the sacred Uluru rock in Central Australia May 24-26 and called upon the Australian government to change the constitution to give them a voice in parliament and a treaty to recognize their relationship to the land. Continue reading “Fifty Years After Recognition As “People” Australian Aborigines Demand Political Voice”

Revelation of Australia’s Abu Ghraib Force Gov’t to Act

[IDN-InDepthNews – 01 August 2016]

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SYDNEY (IDN) – Screening of secretly filmed shocking footage of abuse of juvenile prisoners in a remote northern Australian prison by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC), renowned investigative reporting program ‘Four Corners’, has outraged thousands of Australians who took to the streets to protest and forced the government to act.

The video material filmed between 2010 and 2014 at the Don Dale youth detention centre in the Northern Territory in Australia and screened on July 25 has drawn comparisons to the treatment of prisoners in the notorious prisons run by the U.S. government in Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Continue reading “Revelation of Australia’s Abu Ghraib Force Gov’t to Act”

Hanson’s political comeback due to more than race

Published in Straits Times (Singapore) 26 July 2016

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SYDNEY • The return of the 1990s firebrand anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson to the federal Parliament after a 20-year absence has triggered discussion in the media of racism surfacing again in Australian politics.

But a more intelligent analysis of the election results would show that the impressive showing of her One Nation Party has more to do with socio-economic issues and average white Australians’ disillusionment with mainstream political parties. Continue reading “Hanson’s political comeback due to more than race”