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Wednesday 20th of February 2019 (UTC)

Gerry Georgatos

Ending jailing for unpaid fines – real change includes affordable fines

Ms Dhu lost her life on August 4, 2014 in a Western Australian police watch house. Ms Dhu must never be forgotten. On that fateful day I received distressing phone calls from her family. In listening to the family, I sunk with sadness in understanding that if West Australia had a Custody Notification Service that […]

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Helots and hoplites, serfs and classism, racism – Naming unaddressed -isms

We rail against homogeneity while beneath it all, the ambience and veils of the eclectic, we long for homogeneity, at least in the name and form of equality. Critical class and race theories abound but all remain manifestations. Windows into human narratives have justified the unjustifiable, legislating wrong-doing and muddying the human journey, polluting it […]

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Homeless families, babies, toddlers on Australian streets

There is more homelessness than is reported. Youth homelessness is on the increase. It’s complex in terms of the spectrum of issues; complex life circumstance dynamics that led to homelessness, including family violence and/or neglect of the needs of children, various socioeconomic disadvantage, the accumulation of conflict and isolation with the culminating anxiety perpetuating trauma. […]

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Hundreds of child suicides – fading light

The death of a child is always heartbreaking but when it is by suicide it is as devastating as it gets, with long term negative psychosocial effects for those left behind. There is a whole different level of anguish and grief. Grimly, deaths of children by suicide are increasing, but they can be dramatically reduced. […]

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Nauru, Manus – Australian crimes, death notices

Future generations will damn the present for its atrocities as we damn and indict the past for theirs. The offshore custodial predicaments that have degenerated to indefinite immigration detention will cast a dark pall of grimness and aspersions into the generations of our grandchildren. As a trauma recovery and suicide prevention researcher, and as someone […]

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Noongar peoples 3 times the suicide rate of national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander suicide rate

The Noongar peoples of Western Australia as a distinct population group are the nation’s most at risk population group to suicide. The suicide toll among Noongar people has tragically reached the highest number of suicides of any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population group.  Of Australian cities, Perth  is recording the highest number of First […]

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Half a century of words but racialised imprisonment continues to increase world record high

It’s half a century of words on Australia’s world record high rates of jailing of its First Nations descendants. One in four of this continent’s First Nations adult males have been to prison. More than 100,000 First Nations persons have been to prison – an abomination. Not just a national shame or national disgrace but […]

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Tragedies go unheard, injustices continue – how many have heard of Johnno Warramarrba?

At Don Dale juvenile detention centre a 15-year-old orphaned Aboriginal boy took his life only days after being locked up for $90 worth of ‘crimes’. How many Australians have heard of Johnno Warramarrba? Johnno’s mother died when he was a baby. His dad was killed in a car accident when he was eleven. When he […]

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America – 123 suicides daily, 2461 people evicted daily, 6575 jailed daily

Many reckon they understand the accumulation of life stresses hurting those who live below or in close proximity to the poverty line. Poverty and suicide intersect. Poverty and incarceration intersect. Incarceration and homelessness intersect. The layers of stresses and the sense of wellbeing intersect. A pat on the shoulder is often not enough. Words alone […]

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Wheelchairs for Kids – improving the lot of others – 73 countries

Wheelchairs for Kids is one of those one in a million charities where everyone is a volunteer, where no one draws any form of remuneration. In its three decades since establishment, it has donated rough terrain children’s wheelchairs to 73 countries. More than 150 volunteers, the majority retirees, are rostered to manufacture the wheelchairs at […]

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