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Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 (UTC)

April 2015

The degree of civilisation in society is revealed when entering its prisons

This morning I was awake past midnight as eight human beings were executed in Indonesia. Fourteen people have been executed by judicial decree in Indonesia this year. In the United States thirteen people have been executed by judicial decree this year. More than 1,400 inmates are on death row in the United States. The only […]

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State sanctioned murder by compassion-less Governments

Just past midnight eight death row inmates were executed in Indonesia. In January six death row inmates were executed in Indonesia. Most of them were executed for drug related offences. The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo rejected clemency calls and argued that there is a pernicious crisis of drug trafficking and abuse in Indonesia and that […]

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Oh what a tangled web!

These are the comments of a variety of people on issues such as Charlie Hebdo, Section 18c Amendments and Free speech in Australia: “GEORGE BRANDIS, ATTORNEY-GENERAL (March, 2014): Well, Mr President, people do have a right to be bigots, you know. In a free country, people do have rights to say things that other people […]

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Matargarup

The day is overcast and grey, the air humid and oppressive. The smell of smoke mixes with the thick air, making the atmosphere even heavier. The Noongar Elders gather around the fire they have built among the gum trees and talk. Some are “painted-up” in white, so that they appear ghost-like. The fire is the […]

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Beware the ‘framing’ of the conversation – ‘consultation’ is a dirty word – Don’t close any Homelands – end of story

Far too many politicians, ‘leaders’ and commentators are carrying on about Governments needing to ‘consult’ with the ‘remote communities’ rather than just stating as it should be – ‘do not close any communities’.  Throwing around the ‘consultation’ is dangerous because it buys into an argument that some Homelands and their communities should be closed. There should […]

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Seven per cent of the Kimberley homeless – but hey, who cares?

Seven per cent of the Kimberley is homeless and for years this has not raised a word or whisper in our national media. I have been the only person in the nation writing about the Kimberley’s endemic and pernicious homelessness. How is this possible? Nearly half the population of the Kimberley is comprised of First […]

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Western Australia ready to dice with uranium & radiation

Several years ago I wrote about the West Australian Government, in collusion with the mining industry and the Federal Government, slating between 30 to 40 uranium mines for Western Australia over the next couple of decades. Stalwart activists who have been honourably fighting the struggle to prevent the prospect of radiation sickness did not want to […]

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Wiradjuri social justice warrior passes away – the soul rolls over

It is not often I write about the passing of anyone – each day millions of us pass from this world – our souls roll over. This morning, 74 year old Wiradjuri social justice warrior, Ray Jackson passed away. He was a soldier of peace, a warrior to the end. Ray and I talked regularly. He […]

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White cops, Black victims – Perth is to Western Australia, what Birmingham was to Alabama

One in 13 of Western Australia’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adult males are in prison today. From a racialised lens this is the world’s highest jailing rate. But before you get jailed you must be arrested. Western Australia has less than 30,000 Aboriginal adult males, less than 80,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders period, […]

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“This is not about politics; it is about saving vulnerable children from the severe harm done to them in detention”

“This is not about politics; it is about saving vulnerable children from the severe harm done to them in detention, which is proven and undisputable” Nick Talley (Royal Australian College of Physicians) In March 2015 an organisation I chair (National Ethnic Disability Alliance) released a report entitled “Demonised, Detained and Disowned”. The sub-title of that […]

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Categories Human Rights
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