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The Blocks Scott Cam hits back at criticism over government role

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Block host Scott Cam has hit back at criticism over his government role and said claims he’s “getting paid and doing no work” are complete falsehoods, and that he’s worked with government for free for years.

Man jailed for Tennant Creek toddler rape

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A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years prison for the 2018 rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek.

Ristevski family home up for sale for $1.3 million

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The family home where Borce Ristevski lived with his wife Karen is up for sale.

Indigenous Females Talk ‘White Feminist Movement’ And If Women of Colour Have Been Excluded Throughout History

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While historically feminism is a collection of different ideas around gender activism, the movement has predominantly explored the adversity of women from white society without fully considering the oppression that women of colour have faced throughout history and the disadvantages they still face in society today. 

In 1991 critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw examined in the Stanford Law Journal how mainstream feminism can neglect intersectionality, a term that acknowledges race, gender diversity, sexuality and disability.

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“Contemporary feminist and antiracist discourses have failed to consider the intersections of racism and patriarchy,” she wrote, when exploring the race and gender dimensions of violence against women of colour. 

Some groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have found their issues excluded from the central and mainstream conversations, particularly in relation to domestic violence.  

Blak Matriarchies

In her book Talkin’ Up To The White Woman: Indigenous Women And Feminism, Aboriginal author Aileen Moreton-Robinson analysed the whiteness of feminism in Australia. She suggested that Aboriginal women are often not granted the privilege to speak about domestic violence, and even when they do speak, they are often misunderstood as being angry or aggressive. 

In 2018 academic Marcia Langton criticised a government report that claimed domestic violence against Indigenous women and children is caused by colonisation. The report suggested that the impacts of British settlement in Australia over 200 years ago was to blame for the violence nowadays within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Langton said some of the report’s conclusions were the “outcome of white feminists ignoring the voices of Aboriginal women”. 

“White feminists largely have a poor understanding of the challenges faced by frontline Aboriginal female workforce with little support from police and courts,” she told The Australian at the time. 

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Indigenous women are speaking up about the impact of colonialism on First Nations females, whether they’ve been misrepresented through the white women’s feminism movement, and what they believe needs to change going forward.

HuffPost Australia spoke to two Indigenous women, Paola Bella and Kirli Saunders, who will be part of the Blak Matriarchies panel at Sydney’s All About Women festival on Sunday March 8.

Paola is a proud Koorie, Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, whose PhD research focuses on the impact of colonialism on Aboriginal women’s practices, resistance, healing and activism. Kirli, a proud Gunai woman, with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people, is a children’s author, poet, emerging playwright and artist.

Kirli Saunders (L) and Paola Bella (R).

What does it mean to be a feminist?

Paola: Being a feminist to me means being an Aboriginal woman first, a Koorie woman, a Wemba-Wemba & Gundjitmara woman first. My standpoint is informed by who I am and who raised me, my matriarchs. So, being a feminist to me means being a woman, an Aboriginal woman who is from an Aboriginal matriarchy.

Kirli: It means to advocate for the rights of women and those who identify in any way with the divine feminine to ensure that privileges afforded to other gender identities are afforded to us. It means honouring the feminine in all its forms, in all people, and speaking with that force to protect it. To be a feminist is to walk with all the women, and those identifying as woman who have come before us, so that those who follow can stay true to themselves in a world that accepts and celebrates us. 

What does Australia need to know about the Blak Matriarchies? Are there any misconceptions about Indigenous women and their roles within communities?

Kirli: I’m just one Bla(c)k matriarch, so I can’t speak for the diverse and delightful other First Nations Women out there, but in my family, women are our leaders, our change makers, our guides and our teachers. Women, are the backbones of our First Nations communities. They propel us all in the right direction, keeping us aligned to our truth. 

Paola: The misconceptions are that from the time of invasion, we were powerless and lacking authority as Aboriginal women because white invaders and settlers sought out males to speak with. We were subjugated through violence and sexual violence and erasure of our authority.

In fact, Aboriginal women are frequently the heads of community organisations, and lead political, social, cultural and emotional work of community work including frontline protection/activism.

The other misconceptions are that we are only attractive as an exception, ie the times when we as Aboriginal women are told that we are ‘too pretty to be Aboriginal’ – something that’s been said to me. This directly and historically continues from the early colonial racist and hateful depictions in newspapers and magazines of Aboriginal women as ugly, sluts, drunk, stupid and bad mothers who deserve to have our children taken from us.

In opposition to all of this, we have survived and continue to resist and protest the damages of patriarchy as a tool of colonisation against our very bodies and rights as Aboriginal women. We are powerful, hardworking, beautiful, educated in multiple ways, caring, intelligent, capable and excellent, loving and caring mothers.  

Do you agree with the argument that ‘we’re all the same’ has not served women of colour? Are Indigenous women being represented in the media merely through the ‘white feminist movement’? 

Kirli: If you asked me this question last week, I’d have had a different answer, but I’ve been reading Stan Grant’s ‘On Identity’ while travelling through Japan. In it, Grant posits that we’re 99.9% the same in regards to DNA, and that it’s the difference the 0.01% that separates us, differences in gender, age, sexuality, race and religion that can distance us from one another. He says that love and freedom are the antidotes for the hate and divide the world sees. 

I mentioned earlier that feminism is the advocacy for woman/ femininity in all its forms, to overcome privilege. I think privilege is a social construct that’s been derived out of power seeking within that 0.01%. Privilege is something that separates us, it is based in hate. I think white privilege definitely plays into feminism, but they’re two distinctly different issues. 

We [women around the world] share 99.9% of the same DNA, and the battle we’re fighting is in a lot of ways the same. 

Paola: This is a big question. I can’t and won’t answer this on behalf of other Aboriginal women. From my point of view, we are not all the same at all, our standpoints as Aboriginal Peoples alone are distinct and diverse, despite all being First Peoples.

Though we might see Aboriginal women being represented slightly more in publications and media about white Australian women, Aboriginal women regularly represent ourselves in our own ways. Representation matters, but so does self-determined, sovereign representation.

There has been a tradition of Aboriginal women’s stories and autobiographies, or ‘herstories,’ since the 1960’s and 1970’s with Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal’s (known as Kath Walker until 1998) book of poetry and Aunty Margaret Tucker’s 1977 autobiography, ‘If Everyone Cared’.

Aboriginal women scholars have for decades researched, written and published their work through universities and independent and commercial publishers. Aboriginal women have always told stories, made art, acted, performed, curated and created ongoing bodies of work to maintain and protect culture.

In my experience, being heard in white women’s spaces can be risky and problematic and needs constant observation, wariness and self-protection. Often, there is no trust or a lack of being listened to or respected especially.

Black Matriarchies will take place on Sunday March 8 at 12:15pm at the Sydney Opera House. 

UPDATE: Paola Balla and Aileen Moreton-Robinson are no longer able to travel to Sydney due to health reasons and have withdrawn from the Blak Matriarchies panel. Celeste Liddle and Bibi Barba will now appear at the panel moderated by Rhoda Roberts AO, alongside previously announced speakers Amelia Kunoth-Monks and Kirli Saunders.

Harvey Weinstein Has Heart Surgery, Will Be Transferred To Rikers Island

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Harvey Weinstein underwent heart surgery at a New York hospital on Wednesday and will be transferred to the city’s Rikers Island holding facility, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The former Hollywood mogul will not mix with the general population; instead, he will be housed in a medical wing in the facility that also offers extra protection to high-profile inmates.

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His spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, told Variety that doctors needed to remove a blockage and that the operation was successful.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted on multiple rape charges last month and faces detention at Rikers until his sentencing hearing March 11, at which point he will be transferred to a prison upstate.

NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 24: Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York City Supreme Court on February 24, 2020 in New York, United States. Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and committing a first-degree criminal sexual act. (Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A maximum sentence would mean spending 29 years behind bars for forcing a sex act on former production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and raping once-aspiring actor Jessica Mann. Jurors declined to convict Weinstein on the most serious charges that would have come with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Weinstein was remanded into state custody immediately following the Feb. 24 verdict, but complained of chest pain while being driven to Rikers. New York Department of Corrections officials made the decision to reroute him to Bellevue Hospital on Manhattan’s east side for treatment. 

Weinstein’s representatives have stressed their client’s health condition throughout the trial and aftermath.

“I’m not going to mince words on it: He’s 67 years old, not in the greatest health to begin with, and now he’s experiencing sincere anxiety and fear of where he was going, and that contributed to his physical condition,” Englemayer told HuffPost last month.

Rikers Island has been plagued by violence and human rights abuses for so long that plans to shut it down are in the works. In the medical wing, however, Weinstein might be able to stay in a “double-size, private cell” with a TV and perhaps a phone, according to The New York Times.

Weinstein still faces criminal charges in Los Angeles on sexual abuse allegations that closely mirror those in New York.

Restaurant Manager Fired After Complying With Customer’s Racist Request

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A manager of an Olive Garden restaurant in Indiana, US, no longer works for the chain after agreeing to a white customer’s demand to be served by a non-Black employee, according to people familiar with the incident on Saturday.

A bystander and an employee expressed disgust over the event on Facebook. Amira Donahue, a 16-year-old host at the restaurant in Evansville, said she and her Black co-worker were targeted by the white couple. The woman said “awful things” about her, Donahue said, including asking if she was “even from here” and suggesting that she should “work at a strip club instead.”

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“All I said to this woman was ‘sorry I don’t know,’ ‘have a nice day’ and ‘excuse me’ when she was standing in the way of a extremely busy restaurant,” Donahue wrote on Facebook.

Donahue said that when the woman was seated, she demanded a white server and later screamed at her in the middle of the restaurant’s lobby, leaving both the server attending to the table and herself in tears. 

Maxwell Robbins, who said he witnessed the ordeal, wrote that when the customer asked to speak with the manager, the manager agreed to ensure that the table would not be served by a person of colour.

Donahue said the woman proceeded to eat half her food and demand a refund. “She should’ve been kicked out ASAP. But I guess the racist customer is more valuable than your black employees that were left in tears,” she said.

Olive Garden told HuffPost in an emailed statement that the company has a “zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and the manager involved no longer works for our company.”

In an update to his post, Robbins said that he was glad to hear the manager had been terminated. 

“We got done what needed to be done and it shows that we will not stand for any racism around here! I love all of y’all and I just want to say she is the sweetest host I’ve ever met at any restaurant, I’m glad Olive Garden took care of her,” he said. 

Robbins said he had not heard from the server involved. Donahue told the Evansville Courier & Press that the server was not emotionally ready for an interview.

Concerns Raised Over Major Projects Legislation

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Concerns have been raised over the government’s proposed Major Projects legislation. Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC) say the laws, if enacted, could bypass existing checks and balances. ““This is a fast-track, shortcut approval process tailor-made for complex, controversial projects that would struggle to make it through a proper assessment and approval process,” said […]

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Chrissy Teigen Reveals Hurtful Moment She Was Fired From Modelling Job

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Chrissy Teigen has opened up again about her struggles with body image as a swimsuit model.

The 34-year-old spilled on parenting, plastic surgery, mental health and more in a candid interview with Glamour UK, reflecting back on the difficulties and pressures she faced with her weight during her modelling days in her twenties.

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“That was my entire career, doing weigh-ins. With model agencies, it was normal to get measured too, and I did it myself mainly, so when you had direct bookings without castings, [the clients] knew what they were getting,” she said.

“There were jobs I would turn up to and they would say my measurements were off and it was the worst feeling to be kicked off the job.”

She said she was let go from three jobs during her career, but one particularly hurtful incident stuck with her.

A client had booked her directly, Teigen said, without first setting up a meeting.

“I had half my make-up done and they asked me to get up and take a few photos, to test the light. But they sent [the pictures] to my agency and the client fired me on the spot,” she said.

“I didn’t do any jobs without first going to a casting meeting for years after that.”

Chrissy Teigen attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills.

Teigen was discovered in a California surf shop when she was 18 years old, and went on to model internationally for dozens of brands and magazines, host and feature on television programs such as “Model Employee” and “Lip Sync Battle,” before going on to become a successful cookbook author.

She has two children, Luna, 3, and Miles, 1, with her husband John Legend, and has been vocal about body positivity, postpartum health and motherhood.

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Now, in her mid thirties, Teigen said she’s moved past criticising her body the way she did for “decades.”

“I used to weigh myself every morning, afternoon and night. I knew what the scales would say after each meal. I did that for eight years and had this one weight I wanted to be at,” she said.

After two pregnancies, she learned to become comfortable with her “new normal number.”

“I do look at [my body] in the shower and think, ‘Arghhh, these kids’. But I don’t take the aesthetics so seriously now,” she said.

“It’s very fulfilling not having that pressure of putting on a swimsuit and looking good for a magazine while running around a beach, which I did when I was modelling.”

Prince William Shows Off His Hidden Talent During Royal Visit To Ireland

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Prince William showed off a secret skill during one of the last outings on his three-day tour of Ireland alongside Kate Middleton.

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During a stop in Galway, Ireland, on Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge revealed that he can juggle. Both Kate and the crowd looked delighted to watch the future King of England’s display:  

The Duke of Cambridge juggles during a meeting with Galway Community Circus performers, local artists and young musicians on March 5 in Galway, Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses met performers, young people and volunteers for the forthcoming Galway 2020 event. 

Though as the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English pointed out, the duke can juggle three balls, but his skills stop at four. 

Wow! Who knew our future king could juggle (literally, not just metaphorically)?! #RoyalVisitIrelandpic.twitter.com/k0mENzX5W4

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 5, 2020

….but not with four! 😉 pic.twitter.com/QhJ39hapdd

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) March 5, 2020

While in Galway, the duke and duchess were spotted greeting crowds and even shaking hands with people amid the coronavirus scare. William joked about the outbreak during a reception hosted by the British ambassador at the Guinness Storehouse on Tuesday.

“I bet everyone’s like, ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying,’ and you’re like, ‘No, you’ve just got a cough,’” the Duke of Cambridge said on camera speaking to first responder Joe Mooney. 

In a separate video, the prince quipped, “By the way, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spreading coronavirus, sorry. We’re keeping an eye on that, so do tell us if we need to stop.” According to the BBC, the U.K. has 115 confirmed cases of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to every continent except Antarctica. 

Queen Elizabeth II donned gloves at the investiture ceremony on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, which some speculated was because of growing COVID-19 concerns in the U.K. and around the world.

Much like William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also joked about the pandemic, saying that she was “self-isolating” while heading into a one-person air raid shelter at the London Transport Museum. 

‘I’m self-isolating’ laughs the Duchess of Cornwall as she steps into a one person air raid shelter at the @ltmuseum 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/xwouBH64bK

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 4, 2020

On Thursday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make their first, joint public appearance at the Endeavor Fund Awards in London. The couple will reunite with the rest of the royal family at Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9. 

Baby flown to hospital after falling from Sydney window

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A child has been flown to hospital after falling from a window in Sydney’s south west.

Shots fired in video of dramatic police takedown

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The footage captures the moment police cornered three men in a car in Collingwood, Melbourne today.

Crossword #6 – Toilet Paper Armageddon

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