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February 2015 – Page 2

19th century female journalist persecuted for anti-lynching campaign

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born during the American Civil War, in 1862. Ms Wells-Barnett became a suffragette and a journalist and editor. She would becpme critical to the cause of intensifying laws against lynching. It is only a century ago that lynching was still too common and instances of lynching are half a century old. […]

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Child suicidal ideation & suicides on the increase

The last Australian Bureau of Statistic report – 2012 – concluded a ten year peak for death by suicide. On average there are seven suicides per day. It is estimated that there are 30 to 40 suicide attempts for every suicide. This would translate to at least 200 suicide attempts per day. Some research estimates […]

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Government deal on its way to extinguish native title

The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council’s (SWALSC) negotiated ‘compensation’ package with the Western Australian Government is now one third of the way to being sealed. Two authorisation meetings have come up trumps for the SWALSC, who are in favour of the deal. SWALSC CEO, Glen Kelly has long argued that it is the […]

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Australia; locking up its First People for 200 years

Australia is the mother of all jailers of its First Peoples. When one in 13 of Western Australia’s Aboriginal adult males are in prison then we know that their jailing is racialised. Half the Western Australian prison population is comprised of First Peoples, more than a quarter of them for poverty related fine defaults and […]

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The Front Page Rule

February 15, 2015 After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye. It […]

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Russell Moore – one of the uncountable tragedies of the Stolen Generations

I often think of Russell Moore – we were born in the same year. I was raised by my natural parents. He was ripped from his mother’s arms as part of the Stolen Generations. It was 1962 when more children were being removed from their Black parents because of their Blackness. You would have thought […]

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Understanding Australia’s suicide crises

Each day, a suicide is brought to my attention. I have written widely on the suicide crises. I have written about the disproportionate rate of death by suicide for the descendants of the First Peoples and for first and second generation Australians and for LGBQTI Australians. Recently I wrote about the tragic suicide of 18 […]

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‘Class action’ to take on State Government over heritage changes

Yesterday, the fledgling Aboriginal Heritage Alliance held a rally, small in numbers but heavy with high profile individuals, outside the offices of Western Australia’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs. They oppose the State Government’s proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act which appear to water down heritage listing in favour arguably of mining interests. When the […]

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National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has a 10 point plan for Prime Minister

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has issued an open letter to the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Tony Abbott seeking commitment to 10 key actions and principles that would deliver meaningful change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to possibly deliver a worthy legacy. Congress has set out key steps for the […]

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Failed policies make up Closing the Gap

The latest Close The Gap report has been labelled “insanity” by Dr Ngiare Brown because no government actually had the intestinal fortitude to reform the systems which continue to fail Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Dr Brown, Executive Manager Research and Public Health Medical Officer at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) […]

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