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March 2016

Why a royal commission into the high rate of suicide must happen – and soon

A royal commission into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides is the only way forward to radically reducing the suicide crisis at least to parity with non-Aboriginal suicide rates. There is an abominable catastrophic crisis borne of the sense of hopelessness that far too many feel. Coronial inquests, parliamentary committee inquiries, hundred page reports will […]

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Who are the criminals? Not WikiLeaks – Mass Surveillance & trust in the hands of criminals – part 4

When the law is wrong what should you do? Obey it? Try to change it? What if you cannot change it, do you continue to obey it? When the common good is betrayed do we accept this? When the law jails the innocent, for instance for being homosexual, for protesting, for whistleblowing, do we accept […]

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Serving a life sentence for forging an $88 cheque

I have often argued that academics should shift their focus from studying the oppressed to examining the oppressor. The oppressor is a perpetrator and their crimes are rarely victimless crimes as opposed to the majority of the American prison population who are jailed for victimless crimes. The United States of America has a prison population […]

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When the law is criminal and denies understanding, forgiveness and redemption

When the law jails people because they are gay, punishes people for marrying outside designated cultural groups, incites hate, should we abide quietly by those laws? Today, the world – most of its nations – jails more people than ever before in human history. “A theologian said that all will be well with me and all permitted […]

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Spotting White Supremacists

I have written before about the white supremacist groups here in Australia. I was trawling through the Internet last night and came across this rather handy guide about some of the numbers that may be significant in identifying this cohort of society that defies polite description and identification. “Numbers used by some white nationalists in […]

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WA Police, Country Health, State Government must compensate the families of Ms Dhu – manslaughter

Police officers have admitted their culpability in the tragic death of Ms Dhu. Medical staff cost Ms Dhu her life. The putrid stench of racism was everywhere in the last days of Ms Dhu. Her family have been tormented since. The anguish borne by her mother, Della, by her grandmother Carol, by her uncle, Shaun […]

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Momentum building for a Royal Commission in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides

There will eventuate a royal commission into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides. A political firestorm followed the tragic loss of a 10-year-old girl to suicide and one inquiry after another is being called but according to those in the suicide prevention space, only a royal commission can make a difference. Suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos […]

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Austerity kills

“If austerity were tested like a medication in a clinical trial, it would have been stopped long ago, given its deadly side effects…. One need not be an economic ideologue – we certainly aren’t – to recognize that the price of austerity can be calculated in human lives.” David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu,“The body economic: […]

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Categories Social Policy
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End the silences, they’re toxic – pack up the myth and conspiracy of shame and taboo

We cannot continue to live in the silences and dangerously internalise the tragedy of suicide and the multifactorial issues that contribute to self-harming and suicide. Suicide is an increasing toll for all Australians. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders it is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. The internalising of grief and loss – the silences – […]

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Yet another Australian based Neo-Nazi group emerges

Where does it stop? Another day in paradise and the emergence of another Australian based Neo-Nazi group. This one is named Battalion 88. I have written before as to why these groups use numbers such as 88 and 14 in their names. Some combine the two and get additional “bang for their buck” by having […]

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Categories Politics
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