Category: Australia’s Shame

Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Keith Davis “I have never had to flee my country in order to save my life. How lucky am I? I have never had to fear being returned to a country where the likely consequence of such an unwanted move would be my death. How lucky am I?” I wrote those words many months…

Source: Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Labor senator and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson demands the stubborn stains in our racist Constitution be removed.

Source: Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

There would be a national taskforce to fix the crisis in child protection and youth justice if it involved white rather than Aboriginal children, Australia’s only indigenous children’s commissioner says. Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos says there is institutional racism and bias in the child protection and youth justice systems, in which indigenous children are significantly over- represented.

Source: ‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

Danila Dilba Aboriginal health service CEO says new attempt with Indigenous involvement ‘couldn’t do any worse’

Source: NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

Filing cabinets full of confidential information mistakenly end up in recycling shop, with inquiry finding ‘consistent’ evidence of chaos in families department

Source: NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

A decade of punitive government attention has brought a loss of knowledge and authority that is keenly felt in remote communities

Source: 10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

Refugee advocate slams Dutton’s deadline – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Note: “Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has given 7,500 asylum seekers living in Australia until October to lodge an application for protection, or face deportation, declaring the “game is up” for “fake refugees”.” Media Release Dutton’s Deadline for Asylum Seekers Cruel: Rintoul Refugee Action Coalition Sydney Coordinator Ian Rintoul today said of Dutton’s asylum seeker processing…

Source: Refugee advocate slams Dutton’s deadline – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Caught in the act – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Kathy Stavrou I began researching the racist legislation of NSW after accidentally catching on to what NSW governments were doing from 1836 (Vagrancy Act); with successive Parliaments of every political leaning using Legislation to identify and permanently extinguish the human/subject/citizenship rights of the Aboriginal peoples of New South Wales, especially their land possession rights.…

Source: Caught in the act – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Indigenous Australians now make up 65 per cent of NSW prison population | NITV

NSW prisons are bursting at the seams with the number of adults behind bars reaching its highest level in 20 years, with Indigenous Australians massively over represented. The latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research statistics show a 13 per cent increase in NSW’s jails over the past two years, with 12,995 prisoners recorded as of March this year – and that doesn’t include those held in police cells.

Source: Indigenous Australians now make up 65 per cent of NSW prison population | NITV

Manus Island detainee who brought young boy into detention centre says he only gave him food – World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The refugee who brought a small boy into the Manus Island detention centre a few weeks ago says he and friends only gave the child some food.

Source: Manus Island detainee who brought young boy into detention centre says he only gave him food – World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Queensland youth prison review unable to rule out ‘systemic’ mistreatment | Australia news | The Guardian

Independent inquiry, which was limited to a small number of ‘particularly distressing’ cases, prompts sweeping overhaul by government

Source: Queensland youth prison review unable to rule out ‘systemic’ mistreatment | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia must end ‘fiction’ it does not control Nauru and Manus centres, Senate inquiry finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Government has duty of care to asylum seekers and refugees held in offshore processing, senators say, after investigation sparked by the Nauru files

Source: Australia must end ‘fiction’ it does not control Nauru and Manus centres, Senate inquiry finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: Australian values, fair dinkum. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 21 April 2017 1 As a true blue Australian citizen I was perplexed with yesterday’s joint press conference between the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to announce changes to citizenship laws. In fact, I became angry that they could play the race card in such an obvious way. The…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Australian values, fair dinkum. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Damned – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This morning I read this tweet from Fairfax journo Ross Gittins: My first thought was, a new kind of human being has emerged. One without empathy. This is why we don’t care anymore. Our species is devolving. For someone who only yesterday re-watched Luchino Visconti’s The Damned, my first thought rather remarkably disregarded  history. Visconti’s film…

Source: The Damned – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Indigenous suicide prevention in the Digital Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Judith Crispin Aboriginal Australians are dying. Needlessly. We are losing three Aboriginal people a week to suicide, from a population that is just over half a million, and an Indigenous person is four times more likely to take their own life than a non-Indigenous person. I am working with the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu in the…

Source: Indigenous suicide prevention in the Digital Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after nearly three years teaching you.

Source: ‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

What was the White Australia Policy, and how does it still affect us now? | NITV

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly claimed that Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation. While the sentiment has bipartisan support today, for more than half a century after Federation Australia boasted not of multiculturalism, but of its monoculture.

Source: What was the White Australia Policy, and how does it still affect us now? | NITV

Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Immigration Department refuses to comment on exactly why it blocked the visa of a prominent Palestinian activist, but argues it has a responsibility to protect the community from abuse or danger.

Source: Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian foreign aid cuts under fire: ‘Australia is not taking its place in the world’ Danish former PM says

The former prime minister of Denmark says Australia is failing to take its place in the world and the country’s paltry foreign aid contributions have made it less influential on the world stage.

Source: Australian foreign aid cuts under fire: ‘Australia is not taking its place in the world’ Danish former PM says

United Nations ‘appalled’ at Indigenous youth detention and living conditions

Indigenous Australians are living in “appalling” conditions and young Aborigines in detention are “essentially being punished for being poor”, the United Nations has declared in a scathing report.

Source: United Nations ‘appalled’ at Indigenous youth detention and living conditions

New TV series Little J & Big Cuz explores Indigenous culture, country and language | NITV

“The huge pink sun sets behind silvery clouds. Time to go, Nanna tells them. Feet scrunch through desert dirt heading for home.” Mark Coles Smith paused to smile at the excited group of 65 young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, who waited in awe for him to read the next page of Little J & Big Cuz.  

Source: New TV series Little J & Big Cuz explores Indigenous culture, country and language | NITV

Multicultural Australia: yet … still fearful of ‘others’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By ‘Outsider’ Part One … Multicultural Australia: Malcolm Turnbull’s camouflage Part Two … Multicultural Australia: but still we debate “We know that the detention centres we have built on our continent, on Nauru and on Manus Island, are not places we would ever countenance imprisoning Australians. We know what we have done. We don’t need…

Source: Multicultural Australia: yet … still fearful of ‘others’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What happened at Normanton | NITV

The year is 1960. Harper Lee publishes a then unknown book called ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. In Dublin, a mother names her newborn son Paul David Hewson (he’s now better known as Bono). And Americans tune in to watch the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Meanwhile in Australia, a young stockman is working 17-hour-days on a Queensland cattle station, for no pay.

Source: What happened at Normanton | NITV

Remembering Indigenous leader Jack Patten | NITV

[sbsondemand video=”908001859933″] “We ask for ordinary citizen rights, and full equality with white Australians.” These were the words once spoken by renowned orator and political organiser Jack Patten. He had a natural ability to engage his audiences, speaking passionately about the rights of Indigenous peoples. he refined his public speaking skills by speaking every Sunday at the Sunday domain, fast earning himself a reputation as a man to be listened to, and respected.

Source: Remembering Indigenous leader Jack Patten | NITV

Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

The Australian government is due to release its final report into alleged mistreatment of indigenous children in prisons in the Northern Territory.

Source: Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

We Need The Freedom To Offend So This Ridiculous Law Must Go! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Freedom of speech, I have heard recently, is a near-sacred concept and it includes the freedom to offend, insult and humiliate. While 18C has been fixed up and “made stronger” by changing those terms to “harass”, there remains a law on the statute books which greatly inhibits freedom of speech. SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT 1988 –…

Source: We Need The Freedom To Offend So This Ridiculous Law Must Go! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia again denounced for treatment of First Australians as UN investigates | NITV

Australia came under fresh criticism over its treatment of its Indigenous population on Tuesday as a UN investigator examined the impact of a government takeover of remote communities and as Canberra pushes its bid to join the UN Human Rights Council. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make up just three percent of Australia’s population of 23 million people but have disproportionately high rates of suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and imprisonment, tracking near the bottom in almost every economic and social indicator.

Source: Australia again denounced for treatment of First Australians as UN investigates | NITV

Indigenous sexual health programs to be cut without any evaluation | NITV

Two sexual health prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are being defunded by the government without any consultation or evaluation of their success, a senate estimates hearing has heard. The Department of Health confirmed the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council and the Queensland AIDS Council for Sexual Health will have their federal funding of almost $800,000 for specific programs ceased on 1 July.

Source: Indigenous sexual health programs to be cut without any evaluation | NITV

Shocking Close the Gap report shows need for new relationship between black and white Australians

The bottom line is that far too many Aboriginal people feel excluded, disrespected, disempowered and discriminated against.

Source: Shocking Close the Gap report shows need for new relationship between black and white Australians

The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An historical documentary will shed light on a relatively unknown aspect of Australia’s colonisation where Aboriginal people were stolen, stripped and exhibited as attractions in a human zoo.

Source: The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

“Playing with people’s lives like this is just unconscionable.”

Source: A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

Utopia? Kathleen Ngale is 85 years-old and living in conditions I can only describe as hell | Marcus Waters | Opinion | The Guardian| Andrew Bolt thinks she’s overpaid

Four years after the John Pilger film lifted the lid on outback communities, what has changed? The horrors are still with us

Source: Utopia? Kathleen Ngale is 85 years-old and living in conditions I can only describe as hell | Marcus Waters | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Billions of taxpayer dollars were handed to the private contractors running Australia’s offshore detention centres without adequate authorisation or value-for-money assessments, the Commonwealth auditor has found.

Source: ‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Middle East: Australia distances itself from Paris peace conference concluding statement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia distances itself from the concluding statement of the Middle East Peace conference in Paris, where countries met to try to revive the stalled peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Source: Middle East: Australia distances itself from Paris peace conference concluding statement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)