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February 2017

High Court should settle Noongar native title dispute & not legislators with coal in mind

There is a historic opportunity unfolding for the High Court of Australia to improve the bargaining powers of native title claimants. It is nearly a quarter of a century since the Mabo 2 High Court ruling that dissed on the racist cruelty of ‘terra nullius’. In this 25th year since the historic Mabo decision it […]

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On March 11, Western Australians have the opportunity to vote out the nation’s most backward government – and save lives

On March 11, West Australians will vote in the state government elections. Western Australia enjoys the nation’s highest median wage, one of the world’s highest but the poorest, the most vulnerable, the incarcerated have it harder than anywhere else in the nation. One in 13 of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adult males are in […]

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The Commonwealth Government should not delay in compensating Indonesians jailed as children in Australian adult prisons

From 2008 to 2012, and even thereafter, Indonesian children were jailed in Australian adult prisons. They were cooks and deckhands on boats providing passage to asylum seeks who had languished in Indonesia. Lawyer Lisa Hariej is acting on their behalf in the Central Jakarta District Court, pursuing a class action against the Australian Government for […]

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Failed ‘closing the gap’ the least of worries – hidden are more shocking crises

For some years the closing the gap targets masked the crises of half-lives and dirt-poor conditions that sadly trap a significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In recent years the failures have been publicly acknowledged. Let us look at the report before delving into other measures that describe a harrowing catastrophic narrative of […]

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Reducing incarceration by transforming lives – schools in prison

We should be doing everything possible to ensure people come out of the prison experience in a better state than when they went in. It is my experience that in general people come out of prison in a worse state than when they went in. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that […]

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Of all the royal commissions needed the one we need the most is the one on the suicides crises

There is not an article that I write on trauma or suicide prevention which has gone by without my just being informed of a suicide. I have written hundreds of articles on trauma, suicides and suicide prevention. Last year in an article I wrote for The Guardian, published on World Suicide Prevention Day, I opened […]

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Prison to wellbeing to education and work – transforming lives

Non-Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at around 200 per 100,000 adults but Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults are incarcerated at 2,330 per 100,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults. It’s beyond any justification – it’s an abomination. However the narrative of human misery and suffering is worst in Western Australia where Aboriginal adults are incarcerated […]

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“Wog” is not the equivalent of “mate”

There is increasing dissent to the suite of race theories and there are swells of vehement opposition, not all aligned, to what are argued as the politics of identity. The distinguishing of identity is real and for better or worse people are labelled, and prejudices, stigmatisation and other associative identity issues leading to discrimination are […]

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Rights or resilience? For many ‘resilience’ has become a trap

There are gross inequalities and injustices, narratives of misery and disadvantage, where the narrative is ongoing because ‘inalienable’ rights are not worked to or short-changed by governments and state institutions. Instead the affected are sold ‘resilience’. But resilience alone does not guarantee expectations. Resilience has been the buzz word for quite some time and instead […]

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Activists continue to fight bulldozers and corrupted government processes in Perth’s southern suburbs

“Protest that endures.. is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success; namely the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence”. Wendell Berry In Perth’s southern suburbs a remarkable community- based campaign and furious community opposition and protest is delaying the controversial […]

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