Q&A: Week 30

Q88. Are there ‘taboos’ around talking to Indigenous families about other family members who have a disability or illness?
Q89. What is a song cycle?
Q90. How do I know if Aboriginal people that I deliver cross-cultural education with actually understand?

Q&A: Week 29

Q85. Why don’t Aboriginal people just learn English and join the modern world? Then everything will be fine.
Q86. What are the key governance features for functional Indigenous organisations?
Q87. How do I know who are the Elders or the relevant people to talk to when I go to an Aboriginal community?

Broken parole or broken communication?

A Yolngu mother called our office – her son was being offered parole but had no understanding of what ‘parole’ meant. Our Yolngu co-producer, Dianne Gondarra, checked with her contacts and found that no one within the community actually understood…

Euthanasia, and controlling your own crossover

Under the original Australian Yolngu law, nobody should do anything to kill anyone else. This includes giving someone poison or medicine, or using a weapon, which are all classed as murder. Euthanasia has become very topical in the Northern Territory…

I’m just a social security cheque now

Domestic violence does not go away until you empower the family unit and its members. When men, whether they’re Yolngu or Balanda, are disempowered, and can’t be the heroes for their families anymore; whether they’re providing for or protecting them,…