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May 2015

Concert for Matargarup

The Concert for Matargarup: Refugees on Our Homelands was a profound gathering of peoples, sending the message that with many feet on the ground, at the coalface, we can make real change. The homeless and the many good people of Perth gathered in great numbers to stand alongside each other in the name of long […]

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More children taken today than in Stolen Generations 1903-1970

More children of the First Peoples of this continent are removed now than in any year of the Stolen Generations – 1903 to 1970. From a racialised lens the removal of Aboriginal children from their families by Government agencies appears to be the highest child removal rate in the world. I cannot find a statistic […]

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“Only in body bags,” say Jigalong residents. “They do nothing for us,” say Roebourne residents

There continues the threat to close down Homelands and their communities by the sleight of hand of audit and consultation, but many say they do not want their communities to be audited for the purpose of whether they should exist or not. The Western Australian Government has also thrown into the wash the promise of […]

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Schapelle Corby – no-one smuggles cannabis into Indonesia

In late January, the Indonesian police announced the seizure of four and one quarter tonnes of cannabis. The marijuana was not from overseas – it was Indonesian grown, in Aceh. Home grown marijuana is so cheap in Indonesia that it is rare for any overseas cartel or rogue to traffic marijuana from outside Indonesia. The […]

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“Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” Rick Riordan

“All I want to do is hug my wife”. About a month ago I wrote an article in The Stringer that looked at the issue of people with disability in our Immigration detention Centres. The organisation I chair, The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) had done a report which identified the numbers of people in […]

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All lives matter – suicides the leading cause of violent deaths

There should be just as much focus on suicide prevention as there is with trying to prevent homicides and domestic violence. All lives matter. There is no greater legacy that any Government can have than in the saving of lives. During the last ten years Australian homicide rates have been decreasing though tragically the number […]

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Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.– Ginetta Sagan

Today, 17th May 2015, I was sent a petition for signature by Amnesty International. The petition attached here: referred to the case of Atena Farghadani in Iran who was facing trial for having drawn cartoons. In part the petition says the following: “28-year-old Atena will be tried on Tuesday of charges including ‘spreading propaganda against […]

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Truth, not lies, on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander suicide rates

Suicide prevention should be one of the most urgent priorities of our times – globally and nationally. The rates of suicide should be known, disaggregated and unmasked as the humanitarian crisis that in effect it really is – though little known, suicide is one of the issues of our times. Annually, suicide takes more lives on […]

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“A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism” Benazir Bhutto.

Over the last few days there have been two announcements that have caught my attention in particular. The first of these was from a friend of mine Abdulrahim Elmi. Elmi is a passionate advocate for the young Muslim people of Perth and over recent months has been having various conversations with me and others about […]

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Australia led the way once in saving lives – thousands of refugees at sea

Thousands of asylum seekers are cruelly languishing at sea with one nation after another turning them back. But this is not the first time. During the 1980s, Thailand pushed back out to sea rickety boats of desperate asylum seekers. Southeast Asia found itself setting up razor wire refugee camps where hundreds of thousands of asylum […]

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