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September 2013

Wes Morris slams government suicide prevention programs

The spates of Aboriginal youth suicides have reached horrific levels of prevalence, the world’s highest when compared racially. Aboriginal youth is suiciding at the world’s highest rates but the spike in suicides has not been matched by Government funding and responses in order to reduce it or prevent these spates recurring. Since my investigations into […]

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What will it take?

In 2004 I was significantly involved with Premier Geoff Gallop in attempting to get changes to the racial vilification provisions of the WA Criminal Code through Parliament. I spent a fair degree of my time in Parliament through the debates and gained bi-partisan support for the legislation. The then Shadow Attorney General Sue Walker and […]

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Categories Human Rights
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State Government apologies 30 years later to the family of John Pat

Maise Pat was 14 years old, Glen Pat was just 8 years old when the phone rang and for them to learn that their older brother, 16 year old John Pat had died in the police cells in Roebourne. Maise had been out of town, and was flown home the next morning to find her […]

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Categories Breaking News
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Clearing the decks?

Try and explain this to a human rights advocate.  We have a doctor, of Indian origin, who is accused of sexual assault of a patient whilst he and she are in the Emergency ward of Royal Perth Hospital. The matter goes to trial and the doctor is convicted of this crime. He appeals the decision […]

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Categories Human Rights
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Facing the reality of climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to release its Fifth Assessment Report. It is expected to reinforce predictions of rising sea levels and of the increasing likelihood of heat waves and other extreme weather, but Australia should be paying particular attention to the estimated trajectory of likely warming and its impact on our […]

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Categories Environment
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We live in interesting times!

Recently Paul Murray of Radio Station 6PR and The West Australian newspaper wrote a column regarding the Ministerial responsibilities of the Tony Abbott led coalition. His examined the response of the government in respect of a number of issues. The overriding issue that Mr Murray looked at was that of the gender balance in the […]

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Categories Human Rights
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“False Doctrine” and the Stifling Of Indigenous Political Will

Abstract Hypothetically there is a correlation between the failure of Indigenous politics to achieve its goals and the sway of what Thomas Paine refers to as the false doctrine of Christian dogma. Unremitting evangelism and Christian hegemony has led to silencing or compromising authentic grassroots voices of too many Indigenous people. High conversion rates have […]

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Categories Feature Articles
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How many more suicides will it take?

Two years ago, as part of my academic research into the prevalence of suicides in Australia, particularly among Aboriginal youth, to my horror I discovered that Aboriginal youth suicides are tragically at record high levels – that spates of Aboriginal youth suicides are proportionately the world’s highest rates. Aboriginal youth is suiciding at the world’s […]

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Categories Featured Posts
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Bergmann, Voelte, Augustine, Djiagween slam withdrawal of benefits package

Goolarabooloo Elders  and community leaders fought all the way to save the pristine Country they call home but on which the Western Australian Government wanted to develop a $40 billion gas precinct – the largest in the world. The Woodside-led joint venture, ferociously supported by the State Government, was dumped in May by Woodside Petroleum […]

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No transparency while watchdogs and police argue

An Aboriginal lady was detained at a Perth lock-up and strip-searched by five officers, allegedly one of them was a male officer, a breach of policy. She allegedly finished up with serious bruising. An Aboriginal male detainee was injured in a Broome police lock-up and it was caught on CCTV footage. Instead of expeditious transparent […]

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Categories General News
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