Author: Brian McCoy

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reflections of one who came to stay

    • Brian McCoy
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    Those of us not of Aboriginal ancestry can be tempted to see our origins in foreign lands. Although we may not share the identity of First Australians, we owe the benefits of our lives to the land that was, and continues to be, theirs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott's complex Aboriginal odyssey

    • Brian McCoy
    • 04 September 2008
    11 Comments

    The news Tony Abbott would spend three weeks in a remote Aboriginal community came as a pleasant surprise to many. He gave himself a chance to learn, and his reflections reveal a genuine interest in the lives of the people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The roots of Aboriginal activism

    • Brian McCoy
    • 06 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Events such as the National Apology and the Northern Territory Intervention loom large in the collective memory. Many of the struggles faced by early 20th century activist Fred Maynard regarding the protection of Indigenous rights remain with us today.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    After apology, it's back to the future

    • Brian McCoy
    • 27 February 2008
    17 Comments

    The missionaries thought the removal of children 'for education' was both the good and only thing to do. Modern attitudes reflect old ones, especially when people enter Aboriginal communities with a set of ready-made answers around employment, health and education.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal child abuse: whom do you trust?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 25 July 2007
    10 Comments

    We have learned that the damage caused by sexual abuse often continues for decades and into future generations. We can hope that Government interventions will make a long-term difference, but such complex issues cannot be reduced to a simple absolute: ‘the child must come first’.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deeply buried emotions of the Stolen Generations

    • Brian McCoy
    • 18 May 2007
    5 Comments

    This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. A new book celebrates the efforts of the late Aboriginal activist and leader Rob Riley to redress a litany of wrongs and injustices towards his people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Too little justice

    • Brian McCoy
    • 18 May 2007

    Brian McCoy examines the theories of Joan Kimm in A fatal conjunction: Two laws two cultures.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'. From 22 August 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Feature letter: Wadeye youth can master their destiny

    • Brian McCoy
    • 18 September 2006

    A crude distinction between "bush life of their ancestors" and "modern youth culture" makes hunting "ancestral", and heavy metal music "modern", as if modern men don't hunt, and those who do cannot enjoy heavy metal music.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why change Aborigines into images of ourselves?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 21 August 2006
    12 Comments

    It was one thing for some of our politicians to reveal that they clearly misunderstand Aboriginal people and their culture. It is quite another thing when a reporter goes to live in a community for ten days and thinks she got the measure of 'the cultural and social issues at play'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal Communities: Who may speak?

    • Brian McCoy
    • 29 May 2006
    19 Comments

    Brian McCoy has worked with Aboriginal communities for thirty years. He says that male indigenous leaders should be consulted and supported in their efforts to deal with violence.

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  • INFORMATION

    Letters to Eureka Street

    • Nigel Sinnott, Jan Pinder, CameronĀ  Forbes and Brian McCoy
    • 24 April 2006

    Letters from Nigel Sinnott, Jan Pinder, Cameron  Forbes and Brian McCoy

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