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Archives August 2014

Aboriginal employees were told that 'Agent Orange' was so safe you could drink it

Lucy Marshall, Cyril Hunter's Mother

A campaigner for compensation has discovered that the 'Agent Orange' used to spray weeds in the Kimberley was fire damaged and deemed to be more toxic than the cocktail used in the Vietnam War, with possibly up to 200 times higher dioxin than normal Agent Orange.

This highly toxic chemical 245T (Agent Orange) was supplied by the Dept of Agriculture (Now APB) in the Kimberley to employees in damaged, second-hand and unmarked drums. Read more about Aboriginal employees were told that 'Agent Orange' was so safe you could drink it

Doubling the female imprisonment rate due to First Nations women being locked up

So many of the First Nations women in prison have been physically abused and/or have substance-abuse problems. One of the reasons these women make up such a disproportionate part of the prison population is that magistrates are required to follow sentencing guidelines; someone who has been arrested a certain number of times for, say, being drunk in public is required by such rules to spend time behind bars. Beyond that, Professor Baldry argues, some magistrates take an inappropriately paternalistic view that time in prison will be beneficial in blocking a woman's access to substances. Read more about Doubling the female imprisonment rate due to First Nations women being locked up

19th century tintype portrait of a young Aboriginal woman from Tasmania found

A rare and haunting image of a young, unidentified Indigenous woman has been donated to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) after being discovered by a family living in the United Kingdom.

The tiny tintype photograph, measuring about 2 centimetres by 3cm, is the only one of its kind to be held by AIATSIS and is believed to be the oldest in its 650,000-strong photographic collection. Read more about 19th century tintype portrait of a young Aboriginal woman from Tasmania found

Murrumu Walubara Yidindji: The man who renounced Australia

Canberra press gallery journalist Jeremy Geia has walked away from his job, given up his passport and belongings and reverted to his tribal name, Murrumu Walubara Yidindji. He tells Paul Daley why he decided to ‘leave Australia’ while remaining on the continent – and why he still loves a cup of English breakfast tea

Murrumu returned drivers licence, then returned his passport and Medicare card to the federal government. Read more about Murrumu Walubara Yidindji: The man who renounced Australia

High Court rules Ibans have acquired native customary rights (NCR) over land in their area

Malaysia: The High Court on 11 August declared that Iban landowners in Kpg Spaoh, Kpg Menat Ulu and Kpg Menat Illi in Gedong, Simunjan have acquired native customary rights (NCR) over land in their area which had been alienated by the government to several companies through provisional leases and issuance of forest licence.

The High Court also declared that the issuance of the forest licence and provisional land leases on the said NCR land are null and void. Read more about High Court rules Ibans have acquired native customary rights (NCR) over land in their area

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