Northern Territory abuse reflects OUR ‘blame’ culture.

BLAME! Sadly, in Australia today we have a culture of blame. When things go wrong, usually the first response is to start pointing fingers. We have to have a culprit. Not only that but, far too often, we then seek revenge. That revenge can take many forms. It may mean public shaming, imprisonment, excessive claims for “compensation”, calls for harsher penalties or longer sentences. Whatever its nature it reflects the…

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Backing for Indigenous treaty grows as constitutional recognition loses support

The First Australians are ENTITLED to a Treaty. Constitutional recognition will end up as, at best, a symbolic move and, in all probability, will actually diminish the status of the First Australians and weaken or negate their legitimate claim that they are the rightful owners of this land. So, the people who “owned” it ALL [and I recognise that such was not the same concept as the ownership that non-aboriginal…

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Only 58% of First Australians registered to vote.

Yes, Paul, we should not only be asking why – in many respects that’s probably only too obvious – what we need to be doing is working to change this. As long as we have non-aboriginal population that is prepared to vote for and support politicians and governments with neither compassion nor respect for human beings, this situation will continue. Sadly today we have a materialistic and consumerist culture that…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor describes how he grew up ashamed of his background, in a land where his people were treated as a ‘prehistoric relic’ – and tells why inspiration from his ancestors has now driven him to stand up and speak out. ‘Everything we have won has come from dissent’ Source: Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

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Northern Territory intervention ‘fails on human rights’ and closing the gap

A few years ago I attended training in a Joanna Briggs Institute course teaching the appropriate steps in conducting a Systematic Reviw, i.e. an identification, collection and analysis of all research studies dealing with particular question or topic and the production of a summary of the current evidence on that topic. The course was designed around giving practical skills so participants actually used the processes of designing a systematic review…

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I can’t call myself an Indigenous Australian and also say sovereignty never ceded

Aboriginal sovereignty is not an abstract idea and can’t be dismissed as such. @IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon explains the concept and why he thinks it’s integral to the future of Indigenous people in Australia Source: I can’t call myself an Indigenous Australian and also say sovereignty never ceded | #IndigenousX

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Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It

Why is it that indigenous peoples the World over seem to be over-represented in prison populations and under-represented in health, lenght of life, employment and social status? The First Australians endure this fate in the same way, it seems, as do the native Americans and indigenous people of many other countries. We know that non-white indigenous peoples, despite having apparently not evolved to the same degree in technology and science…

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