Australia

Land, Work, and Bush Tucker

Robbie Thorpe, a Victorian Aboriginal activist, is standing in the old stone entrance to 136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, in Melbourne. He has his arms held straight out against the side walls, as if crucified. He looks directly into the cameras of the local media who have gathered there. The Eureka flag is hung over the side of a mobile building platform, and the scene is surrounded by about twenty union heavies in fluorescent jackets, the Fitzroy Aboriginal community, and women with lots of tattoos handing out flyers. The words Genocide and Invasion are displayed on a big banner beside the…

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