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May 2013

The Federal Government is not listening while people die

Aboriginal suicide rates are at record levels, with Aboriginal youth suicide the world’s worst. In response the Federal Government has launched a national strategy to ‘address’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide – but the strategy is inadequate. The Government strategy is built on the presumption of early intervention “with the aim of reducing the […]

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Suicide attempts among women on the rise

Suicide among Aboriginal peoples is disproportionately higher when compared to non-Aboriginal peoples. Western Australia and the Northern Territory have the most horrific suicide rates. Recently, following outcries of the high Aboriginal youth suicide rates, Western Australia is once again found to be lagging in the face of this crisis. There is a rising rate of […]

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Categories General News
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Goodes, MacGuire and Australia’s racism – let us not forget mining and Government

Racism is substantively part and parcel of the Australian public domain and it is not limited to so-called inadvertent ‘jibes’ and ‘gaffes’ by 13 year olds and by football club presidents. My expertise in understanding the various myriad veils and layers of racism is not the lone-hand result of my two Masters and PhD research […]

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Categories Breaking News
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Songs of Renown: Johnny Cash “The Talking Leaves”

The song “The Talking Leaves” appears on Johnny Cash’s twentieth album Bitter Tears: Ballads of American Indians, recorded in 1964. Bitter Tears is one of Cash’s most obscure and overlooked albums, but is considered by many to be one of his masterpieces (a view I share). The album documents the historical struggles and the emotional, […]

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Categories Arts & Letters
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“She’s only thirteen!”

Over the last week or so the statement that forms the title of this article would probably qualify as the most used phrase on talk back radio and television in Australia. Overwhelmingly and extremely depressingly, caller after caller came on air and the venom and hatred towards Adam Goodes and his handling of the racist […]

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Teaching Girls Self-Defence

A society that had become desensitised to violence against women is now demanding change. Apart from changes in policing and laws training in self-defence can empower women and also build up trust with the police. “Agitation is the marshalling of the consciousness of a nation to mould its laws”, remarked Robert Peel. The sheer brazenness […]

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Juvenile justice: The urgency for reform

Juvenile homes remain an opaque and closed world, with little accountability and unmonitored performance. Judicial reforms pertaining to these have been relegated to the bottom rung. Is it because children are a non-franchised group and their voices get muzzled easily? A system designed to serve the children who are in need of care and protection, as […]

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Categories Human Rights

Racialised imprisonment

Australia has a history since colonialisation of racialised violence and hence racialised imprisonment. Aboriginal peoples deal the with the worst of Australia’s racialised imprisonment – throughout the criminal justice system – from sentencing regimes to the effects of having become the world’s most incarcerated peoples.   A dark thread of racism underwrites Australia’s national consciousness […]

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Categories Breaking News
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Deaths in Custody – few are listening

Victoria has experienced an unprecedented spate of prison deaths this year and this has led to calls for the Ombudsman, George Brouwer to head an inquiry – into why 12 prisoners have died in custody since the beginning of the year. 12 deaths so far in Victoria is startling when compared to four prisoner deaths […]

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Tales in a Kabul Restaurant

Kabul–Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces.  Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but merge into one large statistic, something about terrible pain that’s […]

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Categories Human Rights
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