Why Aboriginal Australians are still having their wages 'stolen' 50 years after the Wave Hill Walk-off

Why Aboriginal Australians are still having their wages 'stolen' 50 years after the Wave Hill Walk-off

It's 2017 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are again fighting against the systemic denial of fair pay for work. When people talk about stolen wages — the slavery-like system that saw Aboriginal people denied any or equal pay for hard work over decades — they typically speak of the past. But the pervasive and poisonous tentacles of systemic racism in Australia are very much of the present.

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After the survey, we need a prompt path to legislation

After the survey, we need a prompt path to legislation

Over the past month, almost 11 million Australians have responded to the postal survey, mailing in their forms on whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.If the will of the Australian people is reflected in the results, then our nation will be expecting politicians to listen, to act decisively and to get marriage equality done so we can unite around a reform that will bring our country together in a celebration of fairness and equality.

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West Papua petition: Australia made a human rights promise that's about to be tested

West Papua petition: Australia made a human rights promise that's about to be tested

Many Australians wouldn't think twice about putting their name to a petition to support a cause close to their hearts, but in Indonesia's Papuan provinces calls for independence can land you in jail for 15 years. So it is truly remarkable that 1.8 million Papuans have signed a petition — specifically banned by the Indonesian Government — calling on the United Nations to conduct a free vote about independence, writes Tom Clarke.

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