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Tuesday 6th of December 2016 (UTC)

Gerry Georgatos

Where are these hundreds of services in communities? Show me!

We often hear the claim that there are scores of services, many that duplicate what others do, in remote and regional Aboriginal communities. This reinforces the myth that some communities are ‘over-funded’. For instance, Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara is said to have 67 service providers with over 400 programs for less than 1,200 residents. […]

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Nearly one in three suicides of Australia's children (aged 5 to 17) are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children - "the nation should weep," Gerry GeorgatosOvercoming Indigenous Disadvantage – for the poorest 40 per cent it is catastrophically worse

Not even the latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report released today can describe how grim the reality is for the poorest 40 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. There is no hiding the dramatic increase in incarceration and suicide rates but it is even worse if we disaggregate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders […]

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They deserve every hope - Photo, Gerry GeorgatosHalf-lives – half the population lives less than 50 years of age – the nation should know

Nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population living below the Henderson Poverty Line are living half-lives. There are terrible lies told that life expectancy is significantly improving and the gap on this front is closing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. But in 2014, half of Western Australia’s Aboriginal male deaths were aged […]

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Photo by Gerry GeorgatosTrailblazers must lead because not all the reports & inquiries compiled will reduce Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander suicides, child removals & incarceration

Warren Mundine, the former top adviser on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues to the previous prime minister responded to the news of another inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration with “what dickhead thought that up.” The Attorney-General, George Brandis asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to review the causes of the tragic […]

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Photo published at the request of the mother... Kimberley born and raised Phillinka was lost to suicide aged 18 years old.Who’d believe Australian towns and communities at 600 times the national suicide rate?

The Inuit peoples of Greenland, the Guarani peoples of South America and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples of the Australian continent endure the world’s highest suicide rates. However, when we disaggregate to regions, towns and communities there is revealed staggering statistical tales of suicide as the ‘norm’. We find that some communities are […]

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It’s a myth that taking in ‘relatives’ is a cultural norm – the ‘shame’ is in not saying ‘no’

There is poverty in this nation that in general is hidden from the light of day but where the media and governments lend their lens to the acutest poverty, to the marginalised it is relayed as a portrayal of irreparable dysfunction. This is the case all too often with the portrayal of a significant number […]

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Radically reduce child protection budgets so only genuinely at-risk children will be focused on

The ‘child protection’ monoliths right across the nation are vastly overfunded. It is not true that they are underfunded and overstretched. Child protection budgets should be radically reduced to one-sixth in order to end the humanitarian crises they are generating. The child protection and ‘family services’ monoliths are responsible for the record levels of child […]

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The grim reality is that the suicide toll is climbing

Recently, I opened up a piece with having been informed of a former refugee who has taken his life, of a mother who has taken her life, of a young Aboriginal woman who has taken her life, of a former inmate who has taken his life, of a newly arrived migrant who has taken her […]

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Misoxeny – Μίσος των ξένων – in today’s terms, a culmination of White Privilege

The derivation of misoxeny – hate of strangers – is the Greek word μισοξένος (misoxenos). It is a word that as a child I soaked up and which has stayed with me through half a century of life. Our nation is haunted by misoxeny as opposed to the softer version of xenophobia. On my first […]

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Dhu, Morrison, Ward, Mandijarra, Briscoe, Doomadgee did not have to die

The degradation and maltreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees and inmates is longstanding and prevalent throughout the nation’s prisons. There is a constancy of traumas borne of racism and discrimination and unfairness. The grim reality is an abomination. If you are in your 20s and Black you are more likely to be a […]

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