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Tuesday 21st of April 2015 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia

Don’t call me ‘Abo’

‘Wog’, ‘dago’, ‘coon’, ‘Abo’ – it goes to the very being of a person. Our very being is diminished. Many are hurt by these comments. There was a time when these derogatory terms were part of the everyday Australian lingo. Even then they were hurtful, just as hurtful as they remain today. I know that as […]

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Another misguided reductionist plan to reduce rates of suicide & self-harm

Yesterday, the Northern Territory Government released another near useless policy plan in the hope that it can reduce rates of suicide, self-harm and the impacts of self-harm. It will not achieve any of this because it does not go to the heart of the problems. It does not go to overall social health, does not […]

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Margaret CulbongHow many Noongars actually voted for the extinguishing of their rights?

The South West Settlement negotiated between the Western Australian Government and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) has been voted on. Premier Colin Barnett has thanked the SWALSC for its management of the authorisation meetings and the voting process. But the voting process may have only engaged less than a thousand citizens. […]

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Premier Barnett congratulates SWALSC for the surrender of lands

Premier Colin Barnett is happy “native title over the south west has been settled.” He has thanked the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) for brokering the outcome. However more than 95 per cent of Noongar/Nyoongar/Nyungah/Bibbullman people did not vote. This does not matter to the Western Australian Government. What matters is that […]

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The last authorisation vote was in Perth. The voter turnout was negligible but counts. An extraordinary police presence was organised for a ballot.Faithless deal to extinguish Native Title exposes the betrayal of Native Title compensation

Opinion piece – The Mabo and Wik decisions have failed to deliver what should have been mandatory to the people as a whole, but in the hands of ordinary people much becomes something else, and often much becomes only for the few. The Native Title Act has degenerated into one of the consummate farces, not […]

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Senator Nova Peris - Image, Australian Labor Party’s “act of racism”

Senator Nova Peris is by far the Australian Labor Party’s best candidate for the portfolio of ‘Aboriginal Affairs’ however the portfolio has been steadfastly shuffled to Queensland powerbroker, Shayne Neumann. Mr Neumann is forever and a day behind Senator Peris in understandings and capacity for this particular portfolio. It is an act of racism by […]

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Image - communities – Homelands – ‘leaked’ reports corrupt the real story

As soon as I released part of the list of remote communities – Homelands – to be targeted for ‘audit’ by the Western Australian Government, all of a sudden, ‘leaked’ lists were secured by other media. But the onus of what I argued that my Government insiders had to say was let slide altogether by […]

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Children of the Kimberley and then the White Man came - Photo, Gerry GeorgatosWestern Australian rednecks govern – stop the dumb-ass racism, leave the homelands alone

Nearly two years ago I wrote about the potential closure of up to 180 remote communities – homelands – of First Peoples. My insiders’ claims were rubbished and labelled fanciful and conspiratorial. Late last year, the Western Australian Government announced the potential closure of up to 150 communities. The South Australian Premier followed soon after […]

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Social justice campaigner, Paddy Gibson - Photo, Paul Wiles, CAAMA Radio NewsAboriginal ‘recognition’—a cover for assimilation

Constitutional recognition is a farce designed to divert attention from the decimation of Aboriginal life through funding cuts and the closure of communities, argues Paddy Gibson On 11 December, Tony Abbott addressed a lavish fundraising dinner, hosted by “Recognise”—an organisation campaigning for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. Recognise […]

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"It is my experience that in general people leave prison worse than when they went in," Gerry GeorgatosWe are about to stop jailing fine defaulters – to the critics, do not naively criticise this away

Prison is a heartbreaking experience – a damaging one. In general it is my view that people come out of prison worse than what they went in. Wherever possible I would support any policy that ensures other options to jailing people. One quarter of the Western Australian prison population is comprised of poverty related fine […]

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