Sardine Baby and State Injustice

Monday, 7 June 2021 - 8:30am to 9:00am
The cover for Maurial Spearim's single Sardine Baby. Maurial, dressed in 1950s femme style, sits at a table holding a Sardine Baby (tin with a pebble and cloth). The table is laid for tea, with a plate of scones, teacups, and more Sardine Babies. In the background is a record player on a small table.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and 26 May was the 24th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report, yet state violence against First Nations people in so-called Australia continues unabated. This show links together specific concerns about draconian bail laws in Victoria with broader impacts of state actions on Aboriginal women and families. 


We are first joined by Gamilaraay, Kooma and Muruwari singer, songwriter and actor Maurial Spearim, who speaks about her new track Sardine Baby. Sardine Baby pays tribute to survivors of the Stolen Generations, drawing on the story of Aunty Sharyn Egan. You can buy a copy of Sardine Baby here.


Meena Singh, Yorta Yorta and Indian woman and Legal Director at Human Rights Law Centre then discusses the gendered and racialised harms of bail laws in Victoria, situating them within the broader context of ongoing colonialism.

The impetus for this conversation was the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service's letter to the Victorian government published on 28 May 2021 calling for urgent changes to the current bail laws, of which Human Rights Law Centre is a signatory. You can read the letter here on VALS' website. You can also donate to VALS to support their important work for the Victorian Aboriginal community here.

Monday 8:30am to 9:00am
A national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).


Amy McMurtrie, Emma Hart, Iris Lee and Priya Kunjan & Scheherazade Bloul