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The outdated Constitution of Australia is indeed “unfinished business” and system change is long overdue, writes Dr Klaas Woldring.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.
“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.
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…
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.
[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.
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 –…
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.
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.
The bottom line is that far too many Aboriginal people feel excluded, disrespected, disempowered and discriminated against.
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.
“Playing with people’s lives like this is just unconscionable.”
For those who enjoy celebrating Australia Day on the date of Indigenous dispossession, Natalie Cromb says: enjoy your day, but know change is coming.
Four years after the John Pilger film lifted the lid on outback communities, what has changed? The horrors are still with us
If we engage in illegal military incursions, shouldn’t we document the loss of life, asks Kellie Tranter.
Source: How many Arabs have we killed?
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.
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.