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Tuesday 6th of December 2016 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia

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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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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The nation should weep when 6-year-olds contemplate suicide, when 9-year-olds suicide, when a father of eight and a mother of five end their lives

“Dad, I pray that I will not wake up…” the words of a six-year-old Noongar child. Australia remains hostage to its racism, imperiously denying the grim reality. We must not walk past the racism and the discrimination. The racism is deep and the many veils cannot disguise. The racism plays out in an oppressor/oppressed dichotomy […]

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Image - removed from families are at highest risk to suicide

Individuals who as children were removed from their biological families are the nation’s highest risk group to suicide. They are four times at risk than the nation’s highest population risk group to suicide; the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the Kimberley which is the world’s second highest population risk group to suicide – […]

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Don Dale Kids—Victims of the NT Intervention

Skyrocketing rates of Aboriginal imprisonment, child removal and social catastrophe have been produced by resurgent assimilationist policies argues Paddy Gibson. The graphic video footage of Aboriginal children and youth being tortured in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre aired on ABC’s Four Corners has sparked international outrage. The footage showed children as young as 11-years-old […]

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