Current word count, as at 10 November 2016: 23,092/50,000 words. I’m doing way better on word count this time around, as compared to previous years. It’s quite exciting!(more…)
The last time I shared anything on my WordPress blog was in August 2016. Scheduled art posts aside, I can’t believe it’s been that long. As I mentioned then, we were evicted from our house. I don’t know what the rental laws are like in other parts of the world – I’ve heard that parts of Europe tends to be a lot more protective of tenants’ rights – but here in Victoria, Australia, they’re pretty awful. It was only in the last couple of months that the Victorian Supreme Court made the decision that properties must be maintained in a liveable condition. That’s right, up until very recently, landlords were allowed to rent dangerous, derelict properties to tenants. It took a woman from a low socio-economic bracket and her Legal Aid lawyer (Legal Aid being a free legal service for poor people who need access to assistance) to fight the monster that is rental laws in our state, and I thank God for her willingness to take this fight to the highest levels. Someone had to.
I’ve long been concerned with the pressures faced by Indigenous communities – while not Indigenous myself, I count Indigenous people among my extended family members and friends. I greatly sympathise with the horrifying history and its continuing ramifications faced by the people groups forced into slavery, genocide, and countless other cruelties beyond imagining. I believe that we as a nation must work to repair the damage caused by our ancestors, to seek reconciliation not just in word but in deed. I also had the privilege of taking a few semesters of Australian Indigenous Studies at university – I highly recommend it as a course of study for Arts students who want to challenge their assumptions about the history of Australia (which started long before 1788!). It was at times disturbing, confronting and challenging, but worth every tear shed over the merciless murders and violence committed over the men, women and children slaughtered by our forebears. There are those who say there were no wars fought on Australian soil – but they forget the Indigenous peoples who resisted the invasion and often paid with their lives.
This is an important social action group speaking out against the forced closure of Australian Aboriginal communities that’s been set up recently (March 2015) – jump over to their Facebook page to find out more. It would be great to add to the many international voices jumping on board to support this worthy cause.