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Archives December 2014

First Nations woman in prison 'made to go without medication for days'

Meretta Kickett

A Perth Aboriginal woman sent to prison for unpaid fines says she was treated like a dangerous criminal and became very sick when forced to go without her blood pressure medication for three days.
At the watch house, she said she was asked for her signature for authorisation to obtain her medical records from her doctor. She was then sent to Bandyup Women's Prison where she asked if she could have her daily blood pressure medication, but was told it would take time to obtain authorisation from her doctor. Read more about First Nations woman in prison 'made to go without medication for days'

'Buru' Fracking in West Kimberley without consulting Elders ... and they are creating bird and animal death traps

Fracking in the Canning Basin

Yawuru man Micklo Corpus said that Buru Energy had not listened to the Yawuru people and this was a serious breach of their rights, given that 94% of the Yawuru were against the process.
Making matters even worse, dingos, reptiles, birds and various small marsupials have been found trapped in their tailings dams which contain a toxic mixture of chemicals from the fracking process. These dams often include heavy metal traces and hydrocarbons drawn up from deep underground as a part of fluid recovery. Read more about 'Buru' Fracking in West Kimberley without consulting Elders ... and they are creating bird and animal death traps

Barnett Strips Dreaming of Heritage Status

WA Premier, Colin Barnett

In the past two years about 1500 sites have changed from being "registered" to "stored data", meaning they no longer warrant heritage protection. stated Academic, Professor Joe Dortch.

Most of those sites are in mining leaseholds belonging to Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest.Anthropologists are aghast at the interpretation, saying it's further evidence the Barnett government is taking Aboriginal heritage back 40 years. Read more about Barnett Strips Dreaming of Heritage Status

Freedom Summit: Work for the Dole rules are racially discriminatory

Freedom Summit Media Release

This Media Release from the Freedom Summit includes statements from Tauto Sansbury, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks and Paul Spearim jr.

The Media Release: The Original Peoples Freedom Movement are diametrically opposed to the punitive and exploitative work; five days a week, 12 months a year, dole scheme proposed by the Abbott Government that racially discriminates against the Original Peoples of Australia ... Read more about Freedom Summit: Work for the Dole rules are racially discriminatory

The 'Recognition Campaign' and the gaping hole in Australian history education

Educating for Democracy - A letter by Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Ray reminds us of the hypocrisy in relation to the 'Recognition Campaign' after 227 years of silence, and at the same time in our education system, choosing not to recognise that the First Nations and peoples even existed or that each nation fought a bloody battle for the land and their rights. Read more about The 'Recognition Campaign' and the gaping hole in Australian history education

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