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August 2015

“It is not like me to cry…” – no more lies, our children should not see suicide as the solution

18 years young, Phillinka died on October 18 last year. At the time, at her anguished mother’s request I wrote of the loss of Phillinka and of so many others in the Kimberley. I am once again in the Kimberley – surrounded by the most pristine nature and by the loss of so many young […]

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There are no words for your loss

I remember when I looked into the eyes of a mother who had lost her daughter to the despicable veils and layers of racism, whose life ended at just 22 years young, and the words that poured out were “There are no words for your loss…” The ages shall not dim injustices perpetrated. There are […]

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Catastrophic suicide crisis will escalate “unless”…

Last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were 2,620 reported deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in 2012 of which it was reported that 117 were suicides, with six yet to be classified at the time of publication. Earlier this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a record-high 2,811 deaths, […]

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You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

On Sunday night, just before 11 p.m. I received a disturbing Facebook private message. The message read as follows: (I reproduce it with spelling errors etc to be true to the message) “We are asylum seeker in australian detention in nauru island.and we living for 26 month here. my sister 2 month ago assulted and […]

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“Must we native Old Australians in our land rank as Aliens, Banish bans and conquer caste, then we’ll win our own at last!… Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Why would I take any notice of this complete and utter racist? In fact if I looked up the dictionary definition of the word racist I would more than likely see a picture of Sam Newman there. Yesterday Newman weighed in again into the Adam Goodes incident and a host of other issues around diversity […]

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Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi supports homeless friendly precincts

Yesterday, as part of the campaign to establish homeless friendly precincts right across Perth as a minimum standard in responding to the homelessness crisis, Jennifer Kaeshagen and I met with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Perth. Homeless friendly precincts are a sliver of human dignity to the homeless – a can-do, […]

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Prison – a missed opportunity

I would be inclined to argue myself as a prison abolitionist – for the most part we can do away with prisons and certainly by all means do away with prisons as a punitive, penal estate. The punishment and control bit just does not work but yet we throw more money at it – and […]

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One in ten Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders have been to jail – racialised imprisonment

There has been very little research on how many Australians and how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison. There is very little information collected on what happens to people post-prison. It has been my long-held view that in general people come out of prison worse than when they went in. There […]

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The USA, is the future the rest of us should avoid

In staring at the United States of America, the mother of all statistics horrific, the rest of the world’s nations can see the future if we do not change course. America jails one in four of the world’s incarcerated and has the widest divide between rich and poor, is abominably harsh on its poor and […]

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No Warlords Need Apply, – a call for credible peacemaking in Afghanistan

by Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease fire.  But even in the short time since the first round on July 7th, fighting […]

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