A new law which will allow Police in the Northern Territory to detain a person for 4 hours without charge, will impact overwhelmingly on Aboriginal people according to the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.
NAAJA Principal Legal Officer.Jonathon Hunyor says ‘Police already have the power to arrest people who commit offences and need to be taken off the street to protect public safety…. but the new law effectively allows police to impose a sentence of four hours without a charge even being laid”.
Mr Hunyor says the lessons of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody are being ignored and to avoid future deaths in custody less not more Aboriginal people need to be locked up.
“The release and publication of these emails is an attempt to extract money and embarrass me and my family. With legal options now exhausted this other party has turned to the media.”
Veteran Victorian Aboriginal rights campaigner Geoff Clark says he will not be paying a $20 fine imposed on him for failing to vote in last years Federal election.
Mr Clark told CAAMA radio his grandmother and grandfather and their grandmothers and grandfathers never participated in the white system and because he was not born a citizen of the country… he feels no obligation to vote.
The creator of one of the country’s most popular websites about the First Australians…. has taken a swipe at mainstream media’s negative stereotyping of Aboriginal people and culture.
Jens Korff says he developed his website Creative Spirits because he was unable to find certain information about Aboriginal people that he needed to know about.
The passports are organised, suitcases are being packed and checklists being checked; the time has finally arrived!
The squad is just days away from arriving in Sydney before jetting off to the Big Apple.
It has been a whirlwind six months for each member of the squad. Reflecting on their very first camp in Canberra, that training run was the furthest most had ever run in their lives – 10km for the women and 15km for the men.
Fast forward hundreds of training sessions, one-on-one time with the foam roller, and slowly making friends with the dreaded ice bath, and the New York Marathon doesn’t know what’s about to hit it.
The squad of 10 personifies resilience, dedication, humility and unwavering determination.
Well done and good luck from all of us here at CAAMA.
Professor Jenny Hocking is Research Professor and ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a well-known biographer and script-writer and a highly regarded scholar and commentator on Australian politics and history, political biography, counter-terrorism and security matters.
Jenny Hocking on Gough Whitlam
The latest Australian Council of Social Service National Poverty Report shows the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community remains one of the most at-risk groups in Australia.
ACOSS CEO DR Cassandra Goldie told CAAMA Radio that significant numbers of Aboriginal people are on social security and particularly impacted by long-term unemployment.
A leading adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described his own four-day stay in a Central Australian Aboriginal community…. as a massive learning curve.
Warren Mundine… the Sydney based chair of the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Council travelled to the remote Ampiliwatja community 320 kms north-east of Alice Springs to gain his own personal appreciation of life in the bush in an Aboriginal community.
Mr Mundine told CAAMA RADIO the stay had re inforced many of his own thoughts about how Governments deal with Aboriginal and Islander Australians.
Benny Hodges, together with his wife and 2 daughters, is a carer for his son Reggie, who was born with Autism-an intellectual disability.
Reggie is the only son.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. It is estimated that there are over 2.6 million carers in Australia .
12.4% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population are carers, compared to 10.5% of the non-Indigenous Australian population .
A large proportion of people living in rural and remote areas are Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders.
Benny Hodges Carers Week
Recognition from both Government and the Opposition that the massacre of more than a hundred Aboriginal people at Coniston in the Northern Territory just 85 years ago…. was a tragedy for the local Walpiri people…. but not uncommon form of reprisal following the death of a white person.
The Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says Yurrkuru, also known as Brookes Soak was the site where Fred Brooks, a dingo trapper, was killed by Aboriginal men in 1928…leading to the reprisal killings of large numbers of innocent Warlpiri and Anmatyerre people
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says it is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take the lead in helping to determine their own destiny.
The National Party leader who is also the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development told CAAMA Radio that both Government and people of goodwill are working for reforms which will make a difference in communities where are very few of the basic facilities that most people take for granted.
The President of Australia’s peak mental health body says it will create a specific committee to directly advise on Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander matters .
Speaking from the 49th annual Australian Psychological Society conference in Hobart outgoing President Tim Hannan says APS wants to ensure that indigenous psychologists are able to communicate more directly with the sector on what, when and how issues affecting their communities need to be addressed.
Tim Hannan APS