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I would like to write my chosen article for Assignment Task 3 on the Redfern Tent Embassy and gentrification within Redfern. I believe that this article will have several key elements that are necessary to make a newsworthy article: timeliness, currency and noteworthiness. The article will look at the importance of the Redfern Tent Embassy as being a beacon for the indigenous movement in Australia in the wake of the campaign against community closures and the fight against gentrification in Redfern.
Redfern has been a source of debate for some time since the setting up of the Redfern Tent Embassy. The Tent Embassy was established as a protest site against the Aboriginal Housing Company’s decision to develop the land which the tent embassy has now been established on to make way for property development in the area. The Aboriginal Housing Company plans to develop the area to provide cheap affordable housing for students and create a shopping complex for nearby residents. These plans come despite the Aboriginal Housing Company being handed over the deed to the land in the trust that they would provide affordable housing for aboriginal people. Since then, activists and leaders within the new indigenous protest movement in the country have fought to keep the Redfern Tent Embassy alive.
The Aboriginal Housing Company already has a history of selling off land in the area for an expensive price leading to the skyrocketing of house prices and the overall gentrification of the area. The selling-off of land by the Aboriginal Housing Company also occurs at the same time that the City Council is continuing to privatize public housing in the area and indigenous people in the area claim that they are being pushed out. Most recently, the Aboriginal Housing Company has advertised that “all the aboriginals have moved out of Redfern, now it is the last virgin suburb in the city.”
I will be taking a broader look at the gentrification of Redfern over time and look in-depth at the financial practices of the Aboriginal Housing Company. As well as this, I will be interviewing activists and aboriginal elders running the Tent Embassy about why the site has such significance in the broader context of the fight against cultural and ethnic genocide in Australian society. I will also be interviewing the head of the Aboriginal Housing Company Mick Mundine as to his positioning during his decisions to enforce policy within the company to hand over Aboriginal land to non-indigenous people.
The article will have various forms of multimedia including an infograph to provide a better understanding of house prices and their transgression over time in Redfern. I will be using photography to put up a basic photo essay of the area in a slide format and I will be providing various links to each referenced article and a scrolling timeline of Facebook posts from the Redfern Tent Embassy’s facebook wall so that readers can receive a greater understanding of the embassy’s development over time.
Newmatilda.com, (2015). Showdown Inevitable At Redfern Tent Embassy As Eviction Deadline Looms | newmatilda.com. [online] Available at: https://newmatilda.com/2015/02/23/showdown-inevitable-redfern-tent-embassy-eviction-deadline-looms [Accessed 20 Apr. 2015].
News, (2015). Redfern community divided over benefits of gentrification. [online] Available at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/03/redfern-community-divided-over-benefits-gentrification [Accessed 20 Apr. 2015].
News, N., Mundine, A., block’, ‘. and journey, C. (2015). Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Redfern: We’ll evict them from the block says Aboriginal housing boss Mick Mundine. [online] The Sydney Morning Herald. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/aboriginal-tent-embassy-in-redfern-well-evict-them-from-the-block-says-aboriginal-housing-boss-mick-mundine-20150223-13m6md.html [Accessed 13 Apr. 2015].
TheAustralian, (2015). Redfern’s gentrification continues as families and young couples flock to the inner city suburb. [online] Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/redferns-gentrification-continues-as-families-and-young-couples-flock-to-the-inner-city-suburb/story-e6frg6n6-1226806547038 [Accessed 19 Apr. 2015].