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Wednesday 15th of August 2018 (UTC)

Gerry Georgatos – Page 2

April 1, 1978 – “Greek migrants” unjustly caricatured as “welfare fraudsters”

It was April, 1978, I was 16 years old. I walked into the kitchen as my Dad was listening to the Greek language radio news. He had paused from his morning bit of getting breakfast together for his six children. The news was reporting of a police raid on more than 100 elderly Greeks who […]

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Death of John Pat in a time when the police union called for the abolition of the Aboriginal Legal Services

  In 1983, the town of Roebourne became to Western Australia what two decades earlier Birmingham had become to Alabama. Sixteen year old John Pat was killed by inebriated police and a few years later White prejudice acquitted the police. Two-thirds of Roebourne, on Ngarluma Country, was comprised of Aboriginal peoples, mostly impoverished, and this […]

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Australia’s public housing – parents sleep in tool shed

There are 180,000 Australian families on the public housing lists. The majority will never be housed. A significant proportion will lose family members to the street present homelessness, to juvenile detention centres, to the prisons and to unnatural deaths including suicide. Our governments can afford to build homes for every family on the waiting lists […]

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“Room to Breathe” – what a patronising racist disgrace – third-world-akin housing

Housing in the remote and regions for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples is a national disgrace. The majority of it is an act of racism. It’s horrific shanty living in both the remote and regions of Western Australia and an even worse abomination throughout the majority of the Northern Territory. A Northern Territory housing […]

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Handcuffed, naked, covered in blood – inhumane treatment of prisoners

Last year in Western Australia an ill female prisoner was denied every dignity and carted naked, handcuffed, in the back of a prisoner transport vehicle to a hospital. Last year in South Australian prisons pregnant inmates were still being shackled. Why are common sense, basic dignities and courtesies denied? The prison experience, as Don Dale […]

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Categories Human Rights
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Australia’s tens of thousands of homeless children

Homelessness is actually 300,000 high and not only 116,000 homeless as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. But what many of us have been barking about for years are both the number and the proportion of children aged 12 years and less who are homeless. Even according to the ABS figures there are 20,000 […]

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Categories Social Policy
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Why a popular prime minister was toppled

When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Australia over the Dubai passports impropriety, Kevin Rudd’s days as prime minister would be numbered. The first two years of the Rudd/Gillard government were remarkable for their majority public support  and for overwhelming public support for Rudd as prime minister. They were […]

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Categories Politics
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Bill Shorten’s profoundest legacy can be his immediate resignation

Bill Shorten had his time as a government and we saw his wares. We experienced what he was about. He sold himself as someone from within a union championing minimum standards for the worker. But he sold out this sell when he was the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation. He […]

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Hovels dished out as public housing

It’s long overdue – an inquiry into some of what’s dished out as public housing. I’ve seen hundreds of families housed into the most appalling conditions. Nationwide, the majority of remote public housing is a disgrace, third-world-akin hovels. But in the urban masses too there are hovels offered up as homes to desperate families. Some […]

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One in 4 Aboriginal males jailed, 8 in 10 remote living do not finish school, one in eight deaths of the poor is a suicide

Data can be anything one can want it to be. We are told there are nearly 800,000 people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. Despite an increasing population of people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, nationally one in 8 have been to prison. From a racialised lens that’s the world’s […]

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