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Wednesday 29th of June 2022 (UTC)

Aboriginal Specific News – Australia – Page 3

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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Enough with the same old stories on jail rates – how about improving the lot of the marginalised?

The child prison population which is generally tagged as the youth or juvenile detention population will double by 2025. Nearly 1,000 children are incarcerated every night in Australia but by 2025 it will be 2,000 and the trajectory will increasingly steepen thereafter. Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory will continue to incarcerate children […]

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Racial bias in the criminal justice system – it’s only chatter, nothing will change

There has been much chatter in recent times of racial bias in the criminal justice system. It’s the latest bit the chattering classes want to talk about while not doing anything about it; more claptrap. Racial bias is not exclusive to any particular bastion, it is in every institution, workplace, in the form and content […]

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Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments

On average each year there are 3,000 deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, but many families cannot afford a funeral. The distress levels can damage families, displace anger, dishevelling people, condemning them to elevated risk to aberrant behaviours. Nationally, nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives below the poverty line, […]

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Never before have so many Aboriginal children died of suicide

There are more suicides today Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander than ever before. It is not just intergenerational trauma and the impacts of colonisation, or cultural deficits that are contemporaneously culprit to this crisis. Much more simply the culprits are the deplorable ongoing inequalities and direst poverty. The intergenerational trauma is compounded by betrayals, where […]

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Every child is our child – Australia’s abomination, a crisis among children

Three children together attempted to end their lives. Such was the despair they felt from a sense of hopelessness in an Australian community where no one completes school. Three children, aged six, eight and ten climbed a tree. Older children saw them and ran to them and held them up and saved their lives. What […]

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Elijah’s death was murder

I had not written a single word about 14 year old Elijah Doughty’s death. I have been supporting family members, since soon after this boy’s tragic death. On Friday, 21 July 2017, a 56-year-old Kalgoorlie man (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was acquitted of the manslaughter of Elijah Doughty and sentenced to three years […]

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Australia soaked in apartheid; national shame continues with jailing First Peoples at world’s highest rate

Australia not only dished up the White Australia Policy, the Yellow Peril threat and ratcheted up xenophobia and misoxeny, but contributed its own brand of apartheid with missions and reserves, curfews and segregation. Many reckon apartheid is a past wrong that’s dusted but the gaols tell a different story. Australian gaols scream of racialised imprisonment […]

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Obituary journalism – one of biggest Black stories bypassed by media – the extinguishing of Black rights

  Sinister undermining is leading to the beginning of the end to some of Eddie Mabo’s legacy – native title rights. One of the biggest Black stories has not been carried by any of the nation’s major media nor but for scraps has it been picked up by Black and independent media. The fast approaching […]

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Be careful that Treaty is about what it should be, not what it has been…

At the invitation of the Mabo family I am attending the quarter century commemoration of June 3, 1992 High Court win that Eddie Mabo did not live long enough to see. I find myself in Townsville where Eddie’s journey began and culminated in the political landscape being changed. I have reflected on native title, on […]

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