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October 2013

Bunna Lawrie will not give up on whale dreaming Country

Koonibba born whale dreamer, medicine man, song man, musician and Mirning Elder, Bunna Rupert Lawrie has been driving a petition since last week to stop a Native Title meeting from proceeding this Saturday in Ceduna. He said that the meeting could be the death knell for the whale dreaming Country of the Mirning people along […]

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Anthony Axtell and Peter Clarke should never have been shackled

Social justice campaigners and rights advocates are calling for the end to indiscriminate use of restraints and shackling of prisoners while they are in hospital care. Many have called the wholesale use of restraints as draconian, inhumane – Aboriginal mothers have been shackled to stirrups during birth, heart patients shackled by their ankles to a […]

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The last day of Peter Clarke

“My heart was shattered, my soul broken, and now I wish I took him for a walk outside for his last bit of fresh air as a free man,” said Kylie Hampton to the Alice Springs Coroner’s Court of her father’s last day of life. Ms Hampton’s father died in prison custody – in Alice […]

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In identity lay the answers – ATSI suicides

Several weeks ago I identified that there have been 996 reported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides between 2001 and 2010; from a racialised vantage this statistic is one of the world’s worst rates of suicide. Each year, at least one in four Aboriginal deaths is by suicide. I estimate that the actual number of […]

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5.8.1942 In Memory of Janusz Korczak by Jerzy Ficowski

Jerzy Ficowski’s poem 5.8.1942 In Memory of Janusz Korczak can be found in  Hilda Schiff’s book Holocaust Poetry.The poem is an elegy to the final act of  Janusz Korczak, a Polish-Jewish pediatrician, educator, author who established and run orphanages in Warsaw for 30 years. As the principal for children houses (orphanages), a doctor, a publisher […]

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In memory of Elisabeth Wynhausen: A truly great Australian journalist

Thanks to my local Inglewood Public Library I am re- reading Elisabeth Wynhausen‘s wonderful book The Short Goodbye in honor of my friend and colleague who died recently. Elisabeth was a magnificent journalist and a fearless warrior for social justice who died recently after a short illness. In a long career she worked as a […]

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Is Morrison right?

Scott Morrison has indicated that he wants people seeking asylum here in Australia referred to as Illegal Maritime Arrivals and that they are referred to as detainees rather than clients of the department. Of course as expected, some talkback show hosts jumped in fawning admiration of the Immigration minister. One talkback show host here in […]

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What we have here is a failure to communicate!

With due acknowledgement to the scriptwriters of the movie, “Cool Hand Luke” I have borrowed the phrase above to describe an incident that occurred in Sydney yesterday (26th October 2013). In the incident four men and a woman were walking home from the synagogue in Bondi shortly after midnight when a group of about eight […]

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$25.4 billion spent on Aboriginal disadvantage is a lie

It has been touted that $25.4 billion annually is invested in Aboriginal peoples – in order to raise those among them out of abject poverty –“through 86 initiatives”. This claim has dangerously washed through the Australian consciousness as ‘fact’ but it is instead a  crock of shit. It is claimed this $25.4 billion spend represents […]

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Jennifer Zeng – “Free China”

“At about 2am of 13 April 2000, when I was still in a deep sleep, I was taken by the police from home and was sent to the detention centre for the third time – without any explanation from the police,” said Jennifer Zeng. “Several days later the police showed me a letter I wrote […]

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