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Tuesday 25th of July 2017 (UTC)

October 2015

Why are so many Aboriginal children taken from their families?

Children are being removed from their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families at never before rates. Why? In NSW, one in every ten Aboriginal children have been removed from their families – from a racialised lens it does not get worse anywhere else in the nation; it does not get worse anywhere else in the […]

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Some want to portray things on the improve but the statistical narrative says the divide is widening

There are racial divides that despite all the projects working to bridge these divides, they are in fact widening. Economic inequalities are not being addressed and instead a tsunami of poverty related – extreme poverty – issues are flooding us with high mortality, homelessness and appalling incarceration and suicide rates. For every person that crosses […]

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Hidden truths – it is worse, not better, for many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders

It is stated that that we should inspire change by giving onus to the good news stories, to the inspiring role models instead of the bad news stories, instead of narratives of despair. Yes, tell the good news stories, inspire as many as is possible but how can we deflect from the narrative when the […]

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Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi restates her commitment to a homeless friendly precinct

Homeless friendly precincts are in the least a few hundred square metres of showers, laundries, small storage facilities, a treatment area, safe space, an area where something as simple as a rostered barber can work from. I have spent more than 20 years assisting the homeless and I have heard the recurring cry, “I just […]

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The death of Khodayar Amini – compassion is just a byword

Khodayar Amini fled war, civil strife, persecution – for most Australians these are imaginings. He would take his life in what should have been the asylum of Australia, a place where people are not abducted and turned into soldiers, where bombs are not taking lives in city streets. This nation has become so deplorably morally […]

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This is why I fight for my people

The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards (NIHRA), the brainchild of NSW parliamentarian Shaoquett Moselmane, augur well for the most profound human rights struggle on this continent. In general, I am not a believer in awards, as the stricture of their terms of reference excludes the salt of the earth, excludes the most dedicated and relentless […]

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Learn Your Lessons Well: An Afghan teenager makes up his mind

Kabul–Tall, lanky, cheerful and confident, Esmatullah easily engages his young students at the Street Kids School, a project of Kabul’s  “Afghan Peace Volunteers,” an antiwar community with a focus on service to the poor.  Esmatullah teaches child laborers to read. He feels particularly motivated to teach at the Street Kids School because, as he puts […]

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Iceland prosecutes and imprisons corporate criminals

Iceland has shown how to deal with fraudulent banks and bankers who engage in market manipulation, plundering of people’s savings and unlawful activity.  It has prosecuted them as corporate criminals. Twenty six (26) bankers have been sentenced to a combined 74 years in prison for crimes relating to financial fraud and criminality. It is a lesson other […]

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Virtually Non Existent

I don’t exist. Neither do many of my friends – specifically, those with disabilities. I discovered this recently when playing the Sims, a ‘life simulation video game series’, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It’s one of the best selling video games of all times – it has sold more than 200 […]

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“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding”

I have written often before about the abuse that we, as advocates in the race and disability spaces cop from a small section of the public who do not share our views on inclusion and diversity. These have become very common place and let me share with you some of the commentary that I received […]

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