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Aboriginal Specific News – Australia – Page 2

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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One in 4 Aboriginal males jailed, 8 in 10 remote living do not finish school, one in eight deaths of the poor is a suicide

Data can be anything one can want it to be. We are told there are nearly 800,000 people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. Despite an increasing population of people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, nationally one in 8 have been to prison. From a racialised lens that’s the world’s […]

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Northern Territory governments remain racist disgraces – apartheid

The Northern Territory government is sort of accepting the 227 recommendations produced by the royal commission into youth justice following the disgraces exposed to the nation by the ABC’s Four Corners. Recommendations and findings are a dime a dozen. The government is giving in-principle support to 91 of the recommendations. Whether it’s in-principle or substantive […]

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There has never been a close the prison gap campaign

After 10 years the Close the Gap report tells us that most of the gaps are not closing. Life expectancy, school attendance, literacy, and employment are still reflecting First Nations disadvantage. The entire campaign is said to be in need of “refreshing”. In fact, the reason for the failure of the Close the Gap campaign […]

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It is now time for a royal commission into Australia’s world record high rate of child removals

Last week I reunited a 14 year old girl with her biological mother. She had been removed from her mother at 12 months of age. Children removed from their biological parents are among the most elevated risk groups to serious aberrant behaviour and to suicide. On the day of her reunification she called me to […]

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