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Friday 31st of October 2014 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia

Western Australia – 1 in 13 in jail, a bullshit state of affairs

Australia’s backwater, Western Australia continues to incarcerate First People at not only the nation’s highest rate but also among the world’s highest jailing rates.  Too few in our parliaments have stood up to say that they will do something about it. I have heard far too many of those born into privilege, who wield excessive […]

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Sisters-Inside-LogoPunishment makes things worse

CEO of Sisters Inside, Debbie Kilroy works with women inmates, pre-release and post-release. Ms Kilroy states that the fastest growing prison demographic is that of women and in particular of Aboriginal women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women now account for 33 per cent of the national female prison population. “Indigenous women are now currently […]

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Nova Peris should be spokesperson for ‘Aboriginal Affairs’

White Australia still grips tightly its control over the nation’s agendas and cultural content despite a multicultural population that it continues to deride and where possible shun. The demography of this nation is not reflected in the parliaments and institutions of the nation. First People are under-represented, multicultural Australia is under-represented. White Australia – Anglo-Celtic-Saxon […]

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One Mile Community with Gerry Georgatos.
Photographer: Ingetje TadrosThe fight to save rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

By Sarka Hill. From the late 1800’s to the 1970’s, Australia’s Federal and State and Territory Governments, together with church missionaries entered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia, and began removing their children. They had no idea the damage and disastrous repercussions their actions would have on Australia’s First People, who not only […]

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England and Wales acknowledge prison suicides crisis but Australia silent

Last Thursday evening, a 31-year-old Noongar man suicided in Perth’s Casuarina Prison – while only three months out from parole. The 31-year-old man was serving a sentence for burglary. Questions are being raised as to how he managed to suicide when jails are meant to have removed all hanging points from their prison cells. The […]

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Image by Marziya Mohammedali340 deaths in custody later, rallies around nation call for change

Ten rallies across the nation drew hundreds of protesters to call for excruciatingly long overdue changes in the name of the 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died needlessly in a Pilbara police watch-house lockup on August 4. Politicians from all sides joined the rallies – but will they ensure they bring on the changes? In the […]

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Dr Woolombi WatersExposing Barry Spurr highlights bigger problem of institutionalised racism

There was no surprise to see Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne stand by the review of the school curriculum despite the involvement of University of Sydney poetry professor Barry Spurr who was suspended last week over e-mails where he described former South African President Nelson Mandela as a “Darkie”, Blackfella’s as “Abo’s” and women as […]

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Monies owed to 227 people – Halls Creek

The liquidators of the Ngoonjuwah Aboriginal Corporation which ran the former Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) in Western Australia’s Halls Creek region are searching for 227 of the former CDEP participants. They are owed their wages, ranging from $11 to $3682. Nearly $190,000 in wages remains unclaimed. Halls Creek endures high unemployment rates among its […]

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Freedom Summit to reignite Black Power

End of November hundreds of the most senior Elders and legitimate leaders of their peoples will gather in Alice Springs for the Freedom Summit. Hundreds from right across the continent have committed to come. Many see the Summit as the opportunity to mechanise the Aboriginal rights struggle, the greatest struggle ever known on this continent, […]

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Mulrunji, ten years ago, the 147th Black death since the Royal Commission

Ten years ago, Mulrunji was the 147th Aboriginal death in custody since the end of the Royal Commission in 1992. Despite that they will not be forgotten, Mulrunji and so many others will never return – but what has changed for the better? Recently, a 22-year-old Yamatji woman became the 340th death in custody. 100 […]

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