Here’s a story I shot and cut for SBS News recently. There are a few more recent ones from the NSW/Queensland outback over at www.billcodemedia.com.
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The Northern Territory of Australia seems a mighty long way from North Africa, but nonetheless, the latest (and last for some time at least) piece of mine aired on SBS Living Black last weekend.
It’s the final film of four I made while travelling through the N.T. in September last year, and it’s on the very high levels of homelessness, particularly amongst indigenous Australians, in the Top End. Voila. It was squeezed on top of three other fairly heavy investigative pieces – but I’m fairly happy with it in the end.
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This week I met two Syrian Australians whose son had been shot. They feared it may have been due to his backing of Syria’s President Assad in an argument on Facebook. They’re Alawi, originally from the town of Tartous. The truth is, they didn’t know for sure why he was shot, and the police were none to sure early on either; it was being investigated by the local command in Campsie as well as Operation Spartan, set up to deal with the spate of gun crime in Sydney. We went to Padstow to meet them. In the screenshot below you can see Jamal Daoud – a bit of a get-around-town activist who is keen on portraying the shooting as part of a wider campaign against Assad supporters. Time will tell.
Tags: Australia, Australian media, Australian news, Australian politics, indigenous australia, Journalism, online news
It’s been a very intriguing 24 hours for anyone with a passing interest in indigenous politics in this land we call Australia. The 40th anniversary of the tent embassy in Canberra (on Australia/Invasion/Survival Day) was attended by a number of people who vocally approached the PM and Opposition Leader after the latter made some insensitive remarks about ‘moving on’. Abbott figured that because Aboriginal people obviously have it so good now – only making up quarter of the prison population, dying only a few years younger than everyone else, suffering, well, much higher rates of trachoma, that sort of thing – that calling an end to this form of protest is warranted. Well, that’s obviously how they saw it.
The event highlighted the vast, vast majority of the national media ready to brand the altercation ‘violent’ (although there was limited evidence for this) and, of course, unacceptable – particularly on Australia Day, Channel Seven’s David Koch usefully pointed out. From the tabloids on the right to the ABC and Fairfax opinion pieces, everyone was having a go at the fact some people banged on the window of the restaurant the PM was in, forcing her security detail to drag her out of there. Falluja it was not.
But all of that reaction is predictable. What was most interesting is what seemed like the disbelief amongst many media commentators that there could be more than one viewpoint amongst indigenous Australians. Establishment figures Warren Mundine and Mick Gooda were wheeled out to denounce in pretty strong terms what happened – thank goodness! – and maybe a lot of people felt a bit better. But what a shock that black politics might have a Left and a Right as well as anyone else’s. You can be outraged all you like, but please don’t act surprised. So perhaps it was a watershed moment – but only because something finally clicked in a few non-indigenous heads.
Anyway, I wrapped up some of the early reaction in a formulaic but hopefully balanced package today, above.
Tags: Australian politics, indigenous australia
My initial pitch concerning the two-and-a-half week trip I took the Northern Territory in August was on the issue of the NT becoming, perhaps, a state. It had struck me that race (with the NT’s high proportion of indigenous inhabitants) played a critical role, at least initially, in the top part of the continent never fully gaining statehood, and therefore the benefits that come with it. Always keen on the big issues (!), I wanted to see if that was still the case. Here’s the film I made for SBS Living Black.
And here’s the version which went on World News Australia. It’s quite different – dumbed down, you might argue – but I am proud of both of them. I shot and cut the pair, and think, ahem, that they look quite good. Both are shot on a Panasonic P2.
Tags: Australian politics, muckaty, muckaty nuclear, N.T. nuclear, NT nuclear, nuclear australia, nuclear dump australia, nuclear waste, Politics
This is the film I recently shot on the dispute over nuclear waste being stored on aboriginal land at Muckaty Station, north of Tennant Creek, in Australia’s N.T. There’s a blog for SBS’s Living Black here.