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Friday 28th of April 2017 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia – Page 2

SONYA’S SORROW

On January 3 2017, with New Year hangovers barely abated, bailiffs from the local Sherriff’s office, accompanied by staff from the State Housing Authority, will drive as a funereal convoy to an old house situated on the fringes of a small country town called Pinjarra, an hour’s drive south of Perth, Western Australia. Their arrival […]

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Stolen Generations continue – cut ties with Governments – to sanction them

An Arrernte mother to a newborn recently reflected of her childhood, one where she was removed from her parents, aged 6, and instead raised in foster care and four years later until 19 years of age in the permanent care of a White couple. She has no issue with the White strangers who became her […]

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Yes, there is a second Stolen Generations – and it is worse

Some argue that there is no second Stolen Generation because there is no longer a prescribed policy that children should be removed on eugenic based reasoning. The argument today is that there is no longer an assimilate or perish agenda but go tell that to the thousands of families who have had their children removed […]

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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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Overcoming 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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Half-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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Trailblazers 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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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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