Honest History put together a small collection of articles around the prime minister’s Closing the Gap statement of earlier this month. Since the statement there have been more articles on Indigenous Australia, some of them taking a historical perspective. Here are links to a few (but by no means all).
- Larissa Behrendt in Guardian Australia says Closing the Gap leaves out statistics about the continuing removal of Indigenous children from their families.
- Kristy McMahon in Guardian Australia says she has struggled with not knowing where her mob was from and with lacking stories of place.
- Emilia Terzon on the ABC on how Indigenous women in the Northern Territory struggle to escape domestic violence.
- Tom Calma writes in The Conversation about the history of the Close the Gap campaign.
- Thom Mitchell in New Matilda tells how Fred Hollows’ pioneering work in Indigenous eye health is being carried forward by other doctors, including Indigenous ophthalmologist Kris Rallah-Baker.
- Robyn Sloggett in The Conversation has more about the return of the Dja Dja Wurrung barks, also written about by Paul Daley.
- Myrna Tonkinson in Eureka Street says we shouldn’t lose heart about closing the gap.
- Finally, we missed Bill Shorten’s speech in the Parliament on Closing the Gap.
18 February 2016 updated