Hungry For Our Land
In a speech on January 26th, 1972, Prime Minister McMahon celebrated the English claim to Australia in 1788 and stated that Land Rights would never be granted to Aborigines. Later that night four Aboriginal men arrived in Canberra and stuck a beach umbrella into the lawn opposite Parliament House.
Photo by Noel Hazard
So began the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the single most successful political action in the struggle for justice and landrights by Australians of colour.
Later this month celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of that momentous event will take place all round Australia. Land Rights have been granted but the fight for justice continues with health, life expectancy, incaceration, housing all showing a huge gap between the standard of living for white Australians and first nations people.
NINGLA - A'NA is a unique social document, a legendary documentary film shot inside the embassy and up close to all the major players. No other film record gets as close to the struggle as this. This 72 minute film is an extraordinary insight to the ongoing battle for justice and the action that ushered in a new and more radical generation of black activists. Copies of the film here.
Award Winning Spy Series
PERSONS OF INTEREST
With hours of extras including, ASIO surveillance films, out takes and extra interviews this Award winning series is fun for all the family. Watch as Australia's senior intelligence service sets about finding Communist spies and ends up fighting dissent. A salutary tale for any democracy. Pick up a DVD here.