Homelands

Fighting domestic violence shouldn't mean revoking Aboriginal rights

Rosie Batty was right to criticise the federal government's allocation of a mere $16 million over three years to family violence in last week's budget. By comparison, more than a billion dollars was set aside for national security measures, an issue that is arguably costing fewer Australian lives at the present time. But when it comes to introducing oppressive legislation on the basis of race, state and federal governments suddenly seem to become incredibly concerned about violence against women - Celeste Liddle writes Read more about Fighting domestic violence shouldn't mean revoking Aboriginal rights

Funding cut for remote Aboriginal domestic violence shelter will 'put lives at risk'

A domestic violence shelter servicing 50 Aboriginal communities in the remote north of Western Australia has emerged as the latest project to miss out on funding under the Federal Government's overhaul of Indigenous funding. The women who run the Djarindjin safe house say they will have to shut their doors on June 30, if the decision is not reversed. - There is not a skerrick of evidence that abused women would be better off in larger towns and cities than in Ho,eland communities. Domestic violence is accelerated where alcohol is accessible. Read more about Funding cut for remote Aboriginal domestic violence shelter will 'put lives at risk'

Grandmothers Against Removals will hold a week long 'National Gathering' at Matargarup, Perth WA

Grandmothers Against Removals - Perth 2015

'Grandmothers Against Removals' (GMAR) is leading a conference at Matagarup, the Perth Tent Embassy from May 24 - May 30, to strategise for the future and to march on May 26. The gathering will hold a National Protest on 'Sorry Day', May 26th, as this date marks 18 years since the release, of the 'Bringing Them Home' report. This report detailed the horrors of the Stolen Generations in the 20th Century, and called for urgent action to stop the continued removal of Aboriginal children from their families by 'child protection' agencies. Read more about Grandmothers Against Removals will hold a week long 'National Gathering' at Matargarup, Perth WA

Remote Aboriginal communities: Opposition calls for source of Commissioner's child sex abuse claims

The WA Police Commissioner must explain where he sourced statistics used to support claims of widespread sexual abuse in remote Indigenous communities, the Opposition says. The Opposition's Aboriginal affairs spokesman Ben Wyatt told Parliament the figures were used in a newspaper opinion piece authored by Commissioner O'Callaghan in March. In it, O'Callaghan backed claims by Barnett of sexual abuse in remote communities, quoting statistics from an unnamed publication. Read more about Remote Aboriginal communities: Opposition calls for source of Commissioner's child sex abuse claims

Threats of closing Homeland community leaves our people in limbo and confused

Penny Bidd with the five grandchildren and a great-grandchild she cares for

Penny Bidd, 52, from the Kimberley says the only hope for the five children her daughter left behind, who are now in her care, is to escape even further into the bush, to her homeland on the remote Charnley River Station. She's not the only one, many First Nations people in Western Australia are opting to live "on country" in remote settlements. They see that as the safest and healthiest way of beating grog, drugs and violence, both physical and sexual, that stalks the townships. However, Premier, Colin Barnett has placed a cloud over the viability of the communities. Read more about Threats of closing Homeland community leaves our people in limbo and confused

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