Category: Australia’s Shame

Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)| Federal Arrogance

A second Melbourne council is stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after voting to dump Australia Day celebrations.

Source: Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

“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.

Source: Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

Manus Island asylum seeker’s friends begged Australia for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Body of Hamed Shamshiripour, whose friends had complained about his treatment by authorities, was found near Australian-run centre

Source: Manus Island asylum seeker’s friends begged Australia for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia’s import of farm workers | Global development | The Guardian

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

Source: Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia’s import of farm workers | Global development | The Guardian

Drowning in White privilege

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.

Source: Drowning in White privilege

The Debilitating Aftermath Of 10 Years Of NT Intervention – New Matilda

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

Source: The Debilitating Aftermath Of 10 Years Of NT Intervention – New Matilda

Red dots spatter wall of ‘great Australian silence’ over black/white frontier violence | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Source: Red dots spatter wall of ‘great Australian silence’ over black/white frontier violence | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

 

US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How A Seven-Word Facebook Post Created “Australia’s Most Publicly Hated Muslim”| No, Lest We Forget  How Murdoch created Yassmin hate for profit and ratings and only because she was a woman

A timeline of how Australia got to this point.

Source: How A Seven-Word Facebook Post Created “Australia’s Most Publicly Hated Muslim”

The handshake | The Monthly

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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.

Source: The handshake | The Monthly

Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

“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?

Source: Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

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