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Justice system 'failing' young indigenous Australians

05 June 2018 | Kathryn Kernohan

Jesuit Social Services is calling on the federal government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 to better address the needs of vulnerable children. A new report says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are just five percent of the population but on an average day in 2016-17, represent half those under supervision. 

The cases of murdered Aboriginal people need to be heard

05 June 2018 | Amy McQuire

In 1988, Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines was found on the train tracks in Tamworth, northern NSW. Immediately, the police thought it was a suicide. That was despite the family knowing that it was “out of character”, and despite the testimony of the train driver who found him, a railway investigator who saw that there was little blood, and a towel folded neatly under his head.

Reconciliation the new safe word

05 June 2018 | Daniel James

National Reconciliation Week has just finished. It’s a week that is becoming more and more dubious in the eyes of many. The week is bookended by two nationally significant dates, 27 May the date of the successful 1967 Referendum and June 3 when we celebrate the historic High Court decision that overturned the lie that is Terra Nullius, known as the Mabo decision.


Abused indigenous children need safe homes not derailed debate

09 May 2018 | Helen Davidson

Revived arguments about the removal of Indigenous children from their families are just the latest instalment of a “narrow debate” bringing Australia closer to another Northern Territory-style intervention, writes Helen Davidson for The Guardian.

How The Gap Widened, And How To ‘Refresh’ The Policy Approach For Remote Indigenous Australia

31 March 2018 | Jon Altman

Every year a report card on the government’s performance in lifting Indigenous Australians out of poverty documents more and more failure, and a widening gap. Professor Jon Altman takes to New Matilda to explain why

Why I didn’t sit with the other Maori girls at school

31 March 2018 | Liana MacDonald

Stories about racial injustice in state institutions are no great surprise if you’re Māori, because you have stories of your own — although maybe you don’t think these stories are of any value. In a society that doesn’t like talking about race and racism, this perception is unsurprising. In fact, these stories have great power because they speak of oppression and racial inequality, writes Liana MacDonald for e-Tangata

Inclusion@Work Index

30 March 2018 | Diversity Council Australia

Indigenous Australians experience most discrimination in the workplace Thirty-eight per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian workers experienced discrimination or harassment over the past year, a survey by non-profit organisation Diversity Council Australia has found. 

Aboriginals have little to feel positive about in 2018

30 March 2018 | Tauto Sansbury

For the best part of my 40 years’ involvement with my community, with governments, with the political system, with service providers both Aboriginal and NGOs, there isn’t much I can write about that has been positive for the long term.

From Borroloola to the bush capital

29 November 2017 | Nakari Thorpe

Malarndirri McCarthy has a had a whirlwind career. She began as a journalist, before entering politics in the Top End. Then she returned to her first love of story-telling, but now she's back as a politician but this time in the federal arena.

More support services for first Australians

30 October 2017 | Hon. Marise Payne, Senator for New South Wales

The coalition government is to put nearly $330,000 into providing more social services for indigenous Australians in Blacktown, New South Wales. 

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