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Aboriginal Specific News – Australia

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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Preventing abuses in detention – Optional Protocol, Convention against Torture

Steven Caruana writes on the prevention of abuses in detention through the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The infamous Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has in recent times come back into the public spotlight with the anniversary of the Royal Commission’s findings and an unfortunate […]

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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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Abominably, more than 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to jail

As a predominately experiential researcher and journeyer to homeland communities, and having worked for more than two decades alongside the incarcerated, homeless and suicide affected I have looked at the national prison population numbers during the last two decades and disaggregated an estimated minimum 100,000 of First Nations people having been to prison. In comparing […]

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Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Conference

Professor Marcia Langton has highlighted that Australia’s First Nations females are at least 34 times and up to 80 times more likely to be physically assaulted as a result of family violence. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has reported that First Nations females are at least 35 times more likely to be […]

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Only 17 per cent of child protection funding spent on supporting families

The funding for child protection totals $4 billion and we have a predicament where state and territory governments spend only 17 per cent of it on family support services. Child protection and family services should focus on assisting vulnerable families as opposed to removing children. In early January I reunited a 14-year-old girl with her […]

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Death of John Pat in a time when the police union called for the abolition of the Aboriginal Legal Services

  In 1983, the town of Roebourne became to Western Australia what two decades earlier Birmingham had become to Alabama. Sixteen year old John Pat was killed by inebriated police and a few years later White prejudice acquitted the police. Two-thirds of Roebourne, on Ngarluma Country, was comprised of Aboriginal peoples, mostly impoverished, and this […]

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“Room to Breathe” – what a patronising racist disgrace – third-world-akin housing

Housing in the remote and regions for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples is a national disgrace. The majority of it is an act of racism. It’s horrific shanty living in both the remote and regions of Western Australia and an even worse abomination throughout the majority of the Northern Territory. A Northern Territory housing […]

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