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Friday 24th of March 2017 (UTC)

October 2016

It’s a myth that taking in ‘relatives’ is a cultural norm – the ‘shame’ is in not saying ‘no’

There is poverty in this nation that in general is hidden from the light of day but where the media and governments lend their lens to the acutest poverty, to the marginalised it is relayed as a portrayal of irreparable dysfunction. This is the case all too often with the portrayal of a significant number […]

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Radically reduce child protection budgets so only genuinely at-risk children will be focused on

The ‘child protection’ monoliths right across the nation are vastly overfunded. It is not true that they are underfunded and overstretched. Child protection budgets should be radically reduced to one-sixth in order to end the humanitarian crises they are generating. The child protection and ‘family services’ monoliths are responsible for the record levels of child […]

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Ground breaking project achieves 100 per cent record in the prevention of child removals

One in 9 of Perth’s Aboriginal children are in the care of the state, removed by child protection authorities but an unfunded advocacy service is leading the way with a thus far 100 per cent track record of keeping children with their families. Since February, the Perth-based First Nations Homelessness Project and Advocacy Service has […]

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The grim reality is that the suicide toll is climbing

Recently, I opened up a piece with having been informed of a former refugee who has taken his life, of a mother who has taken her life, of a young Aboriginal woman who has taken her life, of a former inmate who has taken his life, of a newly arrived migrant who has taken her […]

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Misoxeny – Μίσος των ξένων – in today’s terms, a culmination of White Privilege

The derivation of misoxeny – hate of strangers – is the Greek word μισοξένος (misoxenos). It is a word that as a child I soaked up and which has stayed with me through half a century of life. Our nation is haunted by misoxeny as opposed to the softer version of xenophobia. On my first […]

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Dhu, Morrison, Ward, Mandijarra, Briscoe, Doomadgee did not have to die

The degradation and maltreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees and inmates is longstanding and prevalent throughout the nation’s prisons. There is a constancy of traumas borne of racism and discrimination and unfairness. The grim reality is an abomination. If you are in your 20s and Black you are more likely to be a […]

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This has to stop

Over the last three years, in my capacity as President of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance I have almost become inured to anger when I come across another instance of discrimination against people with disability (PWD) in our immigration system. However, the pain does not stop. Irrespective of the number of times I have seen […]

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The nation should weep when 6-year-olds contemplate suicide, when 9-year-olds suicide, when a father of eight and a mother of five end their lives

“Dad, I pray that I will not wake up…” the words of a six-year-old Noongar child. Australia remains hostage to its racism, imperiously denying the grim reality. We must not walk past the racism and the discrimination. The racism is deep and the many veils cannot disguise. The racism plays out in an oppressor/oppressed dichotomy […]

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