Gross Abuse

The grassroots complaints on the Referendum Council Convention processes

Video Gallery: The political confrontation that occurred at the National Convention was caused by the very apparent stacking of the meeting by the organisers (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies, AIATSIS), no doubt supported by the Referendum Council with a budget of over $800 million.

What was visually clear during the whole process was the apparent divide between members of the Referendum Council. Read more about The grassroots complaints on the Referendum Council Convention processes

The invisibility of young peoples voices in the Don Dale royal commission’s interim report

Mick Gooda and Margaret White - Northern Territory Youth Detention Royal CommissionersNorthern Territory Youth Detention Royal Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White
(The Australian)

Young people’s voices are all but invisible in the Don Dale royal commission’s interim report
By Thalia Anthony
Associate Professor in Law, University of Technology Sydney
6 April 2017 Read more about The invisibility of young peoples voices in the Don Dale royal commission’s interim report

The Cashless Debit Card causes social and economic harm - so why trial it again?

A welfare card was recommended in a controversial review of Indigenous employment by WA mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest

The federal government’s Cashless Debit Card trials in the East Kimberley and Ceduna were recently extended. In the space of a day, the government not only released the limited evaluation of the trial, but used this to justify its extension. The extension is puzzling given that the trial has led to further economic and social harm among people compulsorily included. Some communities argued that the card would be important to curb gender-based violence. However, there are reports that domestic violence has actually increased since the card was introduced and crime increased. Read more about The Cashless Debit Card causes social and economic harm - so why trial it again?

First Royal Commission into atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners - WA 1905

Frontier history North West Australia 2005

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Notice the tin mugs placed in strategic places on the tin wall behind the prisoners - if one wanted a drink or go to the toilet the whole gang would have to go with them. In some cases, people were chained next to a member of a tribal group that is culturally inappropriate to even to speak to, never-loan the different customs and language barriers. It's no wonder they had difficulty fitting into their own family group when they were 'lucky' enough to return to their home. Read more about First Royal Commission into atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners - WA 1905

Petition about the formal proceedings of the Referendum Council

SECRET MEETINGS: Broome: 10-12 February 2017, Dubbo: 17-19 February 2017, Darwin: 22-24 February 2017, Perth: 3-5 March 2017, Sydney: 10-12 March 2017, Melbourne: 17-19 March 2017, Cairns: 24-26 March 2017, Ross River: 31 March - 2 April 2017, Adelaide: 7-9 April 2017, Brisbane: 21-23 April 2017, Torres Strait: 5-7 May 2017, Uluru - National Convention (Del Read more about Petition about the formal proceedings of the Referendum Council

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