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Saturday 27th of August 2016 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia

Image - www.abc.net.auWestern Australia and Northern Territory worst for the poorest and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

In comparing national data and measurable indicators in ranking which state and territory jurisdictions are overall ‘harshest’ on the poorest we find ironically that the nation’s two wealthiest jurisdictions, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which enjoy among the world’s highest median incomes, are the nation’s harshest on the poorest, with the highest rates of […]

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Suicide of 15-year-old boy in Don Dale

At Don Dale juvenile detention centre a 15-year-old orphaned Aboriginal boy took his life only days after being locked up for $90 worth of ‘crimes’. How many Australians know about Johnny Warramarrba? Johnny’s mother died when he was a baby. His dad was killed in a car accident when he was eleven. When he committed […]

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Image - www.theroot.comIncarceration, Sexual Abuse and Suicide Risk

We now know that Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia complete suicide at 74 per 100,000, seven times the non-Indigenous rate. We also know that Indigenous incarceration rates in Western Australia are 18 times the non-Indigenous rates. Is there a link between these horrible statistics? The link goes back to colonisation and […]

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Image - www.smh.com.auWithdrawing Support Will Increase Dispossession In Aboriginal Communities, Not Resolve It

Just days after NAIDOC Week, Australia’s celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture, the WA Government announced that around 100 remote Aboriginal communities would not receive funding as part of its Resilient Families, Strong Communities: A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities proposal. It also detailed plans to develop ten communities into […]

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Mangaray and Maubiag Islander Dameyon BonsonUnited Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – A report from

“You can’t be wrong if you’re right, and you don’t stop fighting for justice simply because those around you don’t like it, you keep fighting.” – Rob Riley A couple of weeks ago I attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN headquarters in New York. The planning to attend […]

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Image - www.creativespirits.infoAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy has not improved to a 10.6 years gap – still dying more than 20 years less

The life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population remains two decades wide. Despite the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting that the life expectancy gap has been reduced to 10.6 years, it is in fact still more than 20 years less that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

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Image - www.npywc.org.auCreating more than hope

Hope is not strategy; it is not a plan. Hope is not a bad thing. It can be helpful. But is an intangible. Hope does not resolve the constant state of powerlessness, forsakenness and oppression that many Indigenous Australians experience. Using hope as a solution to Indigenous suicides is a surface level response to tragedies […]

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I don’t hate White people – I hate racism

In Australia – and throughout much of the western world – racism is bound in a cast of aspersions that it is borne of Whiteness despite that racism has nothing to do with Whiteness. Racism is borne of exploitation, of the oppressor and the oppressed dichotomy and its dynamical structures. The rest – the cruelty, […]

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‘Oppression’ is the critical cognitive factor in the majority of the suicides

In societies where the people are exposed to relentless oppression, suicide is a normal response – the ultimate form of resistance to the prolonged violence of oppression. It is not the individual who takes her or his life who is responsible for this culmination but the act of relentless oppression that is responsible. The impacts […]

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Image - www.theage.com.auDisaggregate or discriminate – are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders really only 10 years behind in life expectancy?

It is estimated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ life expectancy is 10.6 years lower than that of the non-Aboriginal population. Is this really true or are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples dying decades earlier than what is being sold to us. I have long been […]

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