Two voices: breaking the chains of trauma

/By Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood + Aunty Shireen Malamoo

While sitting on a verandah in Townsville QLD, Aunty Shireen Malamoo shares a reflection with her friend, Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood: “Being involved in the endless struggle has taught me to grow spiritually without bitterness.” In this article, the two proud and respected Indigenous Elders discuss how social policies impacted their life path and how they, in turn, are impacting others. …

An open letter to Aussie Citizens from the Great Barrier Reef

/By Miss G.B Reef

I’ve watched over you for a number of years, and like it or not, I’ve kinda become attached. (tbh I think we might actually be attached) I’ve seen you go through countless changes, and normally a lady would never admit her age, but I’m pushing 500,000 years now and let’s face it, I’m not the same girl I used to be either. It seems I’ve found myself in a bit of hot water, or at least it’s a lot warmer than usual, and it’s starting to take a toll on my health – and yours. …

The Message Stick Walker: walking 8,000kms to make a change

/By Alwyn Doolan

Alwyn Doolan wanted something to change and he took matters into his own hands (actually, his feet) to make that change happen. One day he got up and walked 8,000 km from the tip of Queensland to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister. It was long and it was hard but Alwyn did it because he wanted to bring Indigenous people together to work towards reconciliation and a treaty with the Federal Government. …

Grounded in truth: reconciling the past

/By Michael McLeod

Looking back on my life, I feel privileged to have met extraordinary people. I have been able to see the perspective of others, especially Aboriginal people and see what we are confronted with. To be acknowledged as the first Australians and have the rest of Australia recognise what it’s been like for us since colonisation. It has made me realise, what we are going through is a healing process and I feel privileged to participate in changing the direction of how Aboriginal people are perceived. …

It’s time for the change-makers

/By Mirabelle Morah

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we only borrow it from our children and so we must do our best to leave the best legacies behind, to love well, love better and show kindness in the best way. I look forward to collaborating with different bodies to hold leadership and networking workshops for creatives, artists and writers so we can have more people interested in using their art for advocacy. To me, kindness, respect, and helping others shouldn’t just be an option, it should be our lifestyle and our responsibility.” …

The poetry of kindness

/By Solli Raphael

The rippling effect of actions of kindness goes further than most of us could imagine. Our world really needs to up its game when it comes to actions of kindness. Imagine, if our richest people gave only 10% of their wealth to people and communities in need as a result of acting kindly? Or imagine if our national policies were developed based on real-life scenarios involving the thoughts, advice and facts from the people who suffer the most? I think the way to improve the future is to keep the reality real. …

Stitched with kindness

/By Munjed Al Muderis

Christmas Island is where I learnt the most valuable lesson of my life, the act of human kindness. I was asked to interpret for the Australian Federal Police while they intercepted a boat. One of the Deputies asked me, “when was the last time you spoke to your family?” I replied “just before I left Jakarta”. The Deputy told me that he was putting his job on the line, pulled out a satellite phone and asked me to sit on the ground. He told me to call my family. …

Entitled to make a positive change

/By Mercy Ngulube

I talk about the entitlement that is so often spoken of millennials. The one thing I love people feeling entitled to is the right to change their circumstances, for the better. So many of the problems we see in the world today come because of disregard of the simple ability to be kind, to care and to empathise. So many of the solutions we’ve seen in response to injustice, have come because people understand the importance of exercising their ability to change their circumstances. …

AIME at Parliament House

/By Ben Abbatangelo

Australian politics dominated the conversation this week as we witnessed an all too familiar change in political leadership. The journalists smelt blood and relished at the opportunity, paying microscopic attention to the cracks and division within Parliament. The only story, and most compelling of them all, that is yet to be told is the one that I’m about to tell - and it’s a story that will one by one heal wounds, glue together cracks and knit the country back together. …