A second Melbourne council is stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after voting to dump Australia Day celebrations.
Stolen Generations members still alive in the NT have sent letters to federal ministers calling for the Commonwealth to follow other states’ lead in creating a compensation scheme.
“It is clear that these arson attacks were designed to intimidate and influence those that attend this mosque and the wider Islamic community. These actions have no place in our society,” McCartney said.
Body of Hamed Shamshiripour, whose friends had complained about his treatment by authorities, was found near Australian-run centre
Each year thousands of Pacific island workers come to Australia to work on farms. Allegations of mistreatment are worryingly reminiscent of the era of bonded labour ‘blackbirding’, campaigners say
Two men are recovering in hospital.
In 2014, a terminally ill woman was gaoled for unpaid fines of $3,622 and, rather than receiving urgent medical care, was treated with derision and contempt before dying — her family learning through the coronial inquest that her death was preventable but there was no action taken against those who failed her so grossly.In 2015, a White man was given an 18-month suspended sentence and six months in home detention for driving under the influence of methamphetamine hitting and killing Aboriginal boy – Jack Sultan-Page – and it was followed by calls by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda seeking reform after the baffling sentence.There was no reform and no change.On 16 August 2016, an innocent Aboriginal woman was placed in a police cell in Maitland, presumed intoxicated, before dying five hours later. The police took an additional six hours to notify her family and although police could not explain why she was placed in the cell. An investigation revealed she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time and no explanation of a failure to render medical care was forthcoming.Thirteen days later, Elijah Doughty was mown down by a White man, who placed more import on a piece of property than a child’s life and the criminal justice system so egregiously failed him that the killer may walk free next February after being convicted of a traffic offence.
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A decade ago, they sent the Army in, and made things demonstrably worse. Professor Jon Altman wonders where to from here. The 10th anniversary of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, the Intervention that was militaristically launched with extraordinary media fanfare on 21 June 2007, has come and gone. I wondered what sort of response thisMore
A truth and justice commission that digs honestly and methodically into the murders of Indigenous people will take more than money. It’ll take guts
The savaging has been so grotesque in its meanness, ugly in its intolerance and alarming in its violence,
Refugees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru could be delayed entry to the United States after the country hit its annual refugee intake cap yesterday.
2GB distanced itself from the incident today, saying the network “doesn’t condone Prue MacSween’s comments”.
This week, Australia has seen more calls for “go back to where you came from” directed towards high profile identities, and we have to look at why.
A timeline of how Australia got to this point.
Perhaps our people never tire of telling the United States’ people where they’ve stuffed up, or why the election of an inept and dangerous jerk such as Trump, the militarisation of their country and the impoverishment of so many of their citizens are just three of many possible indicators of decline. Perhaps our sound and fearless advice just never gets reported, and the true character of the relationship only seems to be reflected in the fawning speeches, the idiot grins, the pap about shared values, the talking points that have scarcely changed in 50 years, and the unfailing participation in wars the US has decided to fight.
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“Africa made its own problems. Quit having ten kids. Famine is nature’s way of saying there are too many people. Stop reproducing.”
“I’m unsure about what’s going to happen next but I’m hopeful that things will work out. If you can be happy with nothing, you can be happy with anything. It’s the only way to get by.”( When more Australians are becoming indigenous ) For thousands of Australians, home is a Holden or a Toyota parked in a dimly-lit street, and the number is growing. What’s forcing them to take such drastic action?
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…
Labor senator and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson demands the stubborn stains in our racist Constitution be removed.
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.
Danila Dilba Aboriginal health service CEO says new attempt with Indigenous involvement ‘couldn’t do any worse’
Filing cabinets full of confidential information mistakenly end up in recycling shop, with inquiry finding ‘consistent’ evidence of chaos in families department
A decade of punitive government attention has brought a loss of knowledge and authority that is keenly felt in remote communities
Sarah Smith considers Tony Abbott’s proposition that Manus Island refugees have ‘unfairly taken advantage of our nation’s generosity’.
Scrutiny of offshore detention was the last thing the government wanted.
Refugees and asylum seekers awarded $70m plus costs for physical and mental injuries suffered in detention centre
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…
The outdated Constitution of Australia is indeed “unfinished business” and system change is long overdue, writes Dr Klaas Woldring.
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.…
Australia’s current moves towards more isolationism and greater nationalism is both untenable and corrupt.
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.
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.
Independent inquiry, which was limited to a small number of ‘particularly distressing’ cases, prompts sweeping overhaul by government
Government has duty of care to asylum seekers and refugees held in offshore processing, senators say, after investigation sparked by the Nauru files
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…
We should be encouraging permanent residents to commit to Australia, not finding more ways to exclude them.
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…
Violence erupted when a local tried to shut down a soccer game involving detainees.
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…
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.
Public “may react adversely” to views of Bassem Tamimi, immigration department claims.
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.
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.