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Thursday 22nd of February 2018 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia – Page 2

“After Mabo”

  As we celebrate the courage and the achievements of Eddie Koiki Mabo we all walk in his determined footsteps in our hope for a brighter future. The Mabo family asked me to paint you a picture of how Australia can offer an example to the world, if we achieve what that passionate man dreamed […]

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The Australian people will vote yes to referendum changes that end inequalities

Whatever the Australian people are presented in a referendum as proposed amendments to the Australian Constitution, the majority of Australians will vote yes. Most Australians are not deeply racist. Most Australians do want to live in harmony, do want all their brothers and sisters to live with opportunity and hope. The majority of Australians do […]

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Uluru convention must be visionary and not minimalist – otherwise the divide will not be between White and Black but between Black and Black

It is a given that there will be ‘constitutional’ recognition of the First Peoples of this continent – of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a given that the ‘racialised’ clauses will be deleted from the Australian Constitution and stains – diabolical and cruel – cleansed from the nation’s imprimatur and from our […]

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Lateral Violence

Lateral violence is displaced anger misdirected at one’s peers, supporters, friends, to advocates though in their behalf. In general, though there should be no place for any form of violence, the anger at one’s adversaries has been misguidedly shifted to one’s peers. This premise is used to describe the violence and bullying by marginalised peoples, […]

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Half of Western Australia’s Aboriginal population will soon be without native title rights

  Eighty thousand Aboriginal people make up Western Australia but half will soon be without any native title rights. The Australian Labor Party has got in the way of a rare opportunity to repair and improve native title rights and bargaining powers. The federal Labor mob will support the Coalition government’s move to amend the […]

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Australians must hit the streets in a civil rights movement to end the mass incarceration

The mass incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be a civil rights issue, one of the pressing issues of our generation. The descendants of the First Peoples of this continent number a little over 700,000 but at least 80,000 have been to prison and more than likely more than 100,000. Nationally, one in […]

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Ms Dhu and Mulrunji – little learned since John Pat

Miss Dhu’s death was confirmed at the Hedland Health Campus on August 4, 2014. A decade earlier, Mulrunji Doomadgee finished up dead on the concrete floor of the Palm Island police watch house, November 19, 2004. The paperwork in these cases piles, the public attention continues but without fail we remain shy of justice and […]

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High Court should settle Noongar native title dispute & not legislators with coal in mind

There is a historic opportunity unfolding for the High Court of Australia to improve the bargaining powers of native title claimants. It is nearly a quarter of a century since the Mabo 2 High Court ruling that dissed on the racist cruelty of ‘terra nullius’. In this 25th year since the historic Mabo decision it […]

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Failed ‘closing the gap’ the least of worries – hidden are more shocking crises

For some years the closing the gap targets masked the crises of half-lives and dirt-poor conditions that sadly trap a significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In recent years the failures have been publicly acknowledged. Let us look at the report before delving into other measures that describe a harrowing catastrophic narrative of […]

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Prison to wellbeing to education and work – transforming lives

Non-Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at around 200 per 100,000 adults but Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults are incarcerated at 2,330 per 100,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults. It’s beyond any justification – it’s an abomination. However the narrative of human misery and suffering is worst in Western Australia where Aboriginal adults are incarcerated […]

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