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December 2016

Not always and only broken: some responses to Roger Cohen’s New York Times article

– by Janet Galbraith with Behrouz Boochani “I don’t want to be written as a broken man”, says Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish journalist and writer incarcerated in Australia’s immigration prison camp in Papua New Guinea, after reading Roger Cohen’s ‘Broken Men in Paradise’ published December 9, 2016 in The New York Times.  “I have punched the […]

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Who killed Faysal Ishak Ahmed?

I have delayed writing this piece because I have been concerned that the story would get swamped in the season of goodwill and not inconsiderable libation that we have been indulging in during the last few days here in Australia. I have left the cudgels of this particular issue to be taken up by those […]

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On January 3 2017, with New Year hangovers barely abated, bailiffs from the local Sherriff’s office, accompanied by staff from the State Housing Authority, will drive as a funereal convoy to an old house situated on the fringes of a small country town called Pinjarra, an hour’s drive south of Perth, Western Australia. Their arrival […]

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Stolen Generations continue – cut ties with Governments – to sanction them

An Arrernte mother to a newborn recently reflected of her childhood, one where she was removed from her parents, aged 6, and instead raised in foster care and four years later until 19 years of age in the permanent care of a White couple. She has no issue with the White strangers who became her […]

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Yes, there is a second Stolen Generations – and it is worse

Some argue that there is no second Stolen Generation because there is no longer a prescribed policy that children should be removed on eugenic based reasoning. The argument today is that there is no longer an assimilate or perish agenda but go tell that to the thousands of families who have had their children removed […]

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Where are these hundreds of services in communities? Show me!

We often hear the claim that there are scores of services, many that duplicate what others do, in remote and regional Aboriginal communities. This reinforces the myth that some communities are ‘over-funded’. For instance, Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara is said to have 67 service providers with over 400 programs for less than 1,200 residents. […]

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