‘They wore their culture for all to see’ – The Cultural Frontline – BBC World Service


Artist Tiriki Onus is reviving the traditional Aboriginal craft of possum skin cloaks. The cloaks were important cultural artefacts for his ancestors and his is the first in over a century to be made only from entirely traditional techniques.


Listen here from the 20:30 mark – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03tbwc9

Artist uses graphic novels to illustrate realities of Australian immigration detention – FSRN

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.32.12 pmStill and video cameras are not allowed inside these detention centers, however, as FSRN’s Jarni Blakkarly reports, one Sydney-based artist has found a way around the rules and is telling the stories of those in detention through graphic novels.


Listen here – https://fsrn.org/2016/05/profile-artist-uses-graphic-novels-to-illustrate-realities-of-australian-immigration-detention/

National day no cause for ‘celebration,’ say Indigenous Australians – Asia Calling

IMG_4308Australia celebrated its national holiday on Tuesday, for most it was a day of relaxing with friends and family.

However the date of Australia Day, January 26th is marred by controversy as it marks the beginning of British colonial settlement in Australia.

Indigenous Australians refer to the date as ‘Invasion Day” and each year protests are held against the national celebrations. Asia Calling’s Jarni Blakkarly attended one in Sydney.

Listen here – https://soundcloud.com/audiokbr/national-day-no-cause-for-celebration-say-indigenous-australians

Democracy rising – Earshot – ABC Radio National

Malaysia.jpgMalaysia’s dormant democracy movement is rising, fighting to unseat Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who is now tainited by a $700 million corruption scandal. Come onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur for one of the biggest protests the country has seen. Activists who are used to facing jail sentences for criticising the government talk about the need for democratic reform in this country that has been ruled by one party for 58 years.

Listen here – http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/democracy-rising/6953604

Paint It Black: Anti-advertising activist doing time in Australia – Free Speech Radio Network

kyle.jpgThe holiday season is observed in a variety of ways. For some, it’s a time of reflection. For others, it means being able to take time off from work or school and spend time with family. But one element has become a constant: a barrage of advertising.  Many people engage in the rampant consumerism, and others tune out the ubiquitous marketing messages. But Jarni Blakkarly reports on one Melbourne man’s mission to beat back the onslaught of advertising in public spaces.

Listen here – http://fsrn.org/2015/12/paint-it-black-anti-advertising-activist-doing-time-in-australia/

Behind The Mask of An Emergency- Griffith Review

giffithTHERE WERE MANY things I didn’t understand. I grew up in Melbourne with my Anglo mother and didn’t have much exposure to the Chinese–Malaysian side of my heritage. Then, when I was eight, my mother took me to visit Malaysia for the first time. My first trip overseas was at an age when all the sights and smells of a foreign place are taken in with open-eyed wonder. I developed an addiction to both egg roti and Milo ice with sweet condensed milk that was a world away from what I was allowed at home. We visited the night market at the end of my father’s family village and the lights and colours were like a cinematic carnival, though the language and the smells were foreign.

Full article – https://griffithreview.com/articles/behind-the-mask-of-an-emergency/