The betrayal of our children – the Northern Territory

By Gerry Georgatos - Courtesy of The Stringer and The National Indigenous Times - and Children in the Northern Territory are three times more likely to die before they turn five years of age than children born into the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney. But when the data is disaggregated, the Northern Territory’s First Nations children, who are nearly half the Northern Territory child population, fare dramatically worse.

We were not put on this Earth to bury our children, but in the Northern Territory, this is what is happening.

Pearson’s vision – ignore what works and attack those dole bludging welfare recipients

Dr Woolombi (Marcus) Waters - courtesy of the National Indigenous Times - - Courtesy of The National Indigenous Times - Noel Pearson said the Forrest report struck at the “roots of the passive-welfare predicament of Indigenous Australians”. He said the Forrest reforms did not displace the welfare safety-net system but rather built “a new opportunity staircase as an alternative pathway for individuals and families to climb out of disadvantage and into the advantages enjoyed by their fellow Australians”.

Carpetbaggers and corruption – time for anti-carpetbagger laws; tell them to nick off

Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The National Indigenous Times and The Stringer - There was great hope for the reclamation of land rights following Mapoon, Yirrkala, Lake Tyers, Wave Hill and Aboriginal Tent Embassy. But this hope has been dashed. Western Australia has the nation’s highest median income – per capita it is the richest State in the Commonwealth of Australia yet it has the highest homelessness rate in the nation, and the First Nations peoples bear the brunt of it.

An appeal from Australian Jews to the Australian Jewish community

Over 165 Australians of Jewish identity and background have signed an Open Letter (below) calling on their fellow Jews to break their silence on the onslaught on Gaza by Israel. Among the signatories are actress Miriam Margolyes, union leader Kim Sattler and writers Sara Dowse, Antony Loewenstein and Susan Varga.
Vivienne Porzsolt of Jews against the Occupation, which organised the Open Letter, said ‘Silence is consent and as Jews, we must oppose atrocities taken in our name. Our public stand demonstrates that many Jews reject the brutal occupation of the Palestinians by Israel.

Andrew Forrest tells us what to do but is this welfare reform or a land grab?

By National Indigenous Times columnist, Dr Woolombi (Marcus) Waters - “While all their mouths talk (and say) the right (thing), I do not understand why nothing is done. I have heard talk and talk but nothing is done. Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. It does not take many words to speak the truth.” (Hinmaton Yalatkit, Nez Percé Native American: 1877)

Death in police custody – Custody Notification Service should be implemented nationwide

By Gerry Georgatos - (courtesy of The Stringer and The Human Rights Alliance) A 22-year-old woman died on Monday afternoon after being taken into custody on the Saturday by South Hedland Police in the Pilbara, Western Australia. It has been reported that on the Monday the young woman continued to complain feeling unwell and was then taken to Hedland Health campus where she died shortly after.

But it was the third time the young woman was taken to hospital since the Saturday.

Fred Chaney's absolute deceit – learn from the past

Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia
Asserting Australia's First Nations Sovereignty into Governance

Media Release 4 August 2014

Fred Chaney's absolute deceit –learn from the past and beware of “Recognise”

Michael Anderson, convenor of the Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of Euahlayi Peoples Republic said from Goodooga today:

An interview with Lex Wotton – social justice warrior

By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - - Lex Wotton did time in jail, Craig Hurley got away with what he did. Mr Wotton “sought to correct a wrong” by expressing his outrage. Mr Hurley killed a man, beating him to his death in a police cell. Where is the justice? Mr Wotton will continue to chase down the justice.

Environmentalists respond to Warren Mundine's attacks

Dr Jim Green - Warren Mundine, head of Tony Abbott's hand-picked Indigenous Advisory Council, has waged war against environmental groups in recent opinion pieces in the Fairfax and Murdoch press.

The headlines may not have been written by Mundine but they reflect the content of his propaganda: 'Without mining we'd all be living in caves', and 'Green groups keep Aboriginal people in poverty'.

14 skulls handed to traditional owners in Berlin

One of Europe’s largest university clinics, the 300-year-old Charité in Berlin, Germany, has just returned 14 skulls of Aboriginal people to representatives of the Goemulgal, Lag Mabuyag and Wajarri Yamatji peoples.

Already in April last year the Charité returned skulls and other bones of 33 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders the Institution had received at the end of the 19th century. That was the first repatriation of its kind of ancestral remains from Germany.