Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman who has been working in Aboriginal media for the past thirteen years. She is the co-host of the podcast Curtain, and was previously the editor of two national Indigenous publications: the National Indigenous Times and Tracker. She has also written for New Matilda, The Guardian, Arena, Meanjin, The Monthly, The New York Times and BuzzFeed Australia, for which she was the Indigenous affairs reporter. She is a 2019 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellow, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Her first book is The Water Behind Us (forthcoming from UQP).
White justice, black suffering
ReportageDad began this job in 1989 in the days of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He was not the only black prison guard on staff – in fact, at one point, Rockhampton’s jail had the highest percentage of Indigenous employees in the state. And yet, there were even more Murris locked up. The first thing that shocked Dad was just how many were inside, and over the next two decades he would see many of his own relatives coming through the gates.