Assimilation & Oppression

The Apology is still an empty vessel: Sovereign Union

In a letter sent to all Federal politicians on 12 February, 2013, Sovereign Union alerts them of the manipulation hidden within the apology that excuses the government of being complicit in authorising and legitimising the actions of Australian state governments.

The 'empty vessel' factor and the heartlessness of no compensation is an insult and a dagger to the heart and soul, thereby increasing the pain of traumatised Peoples. Many people argue that the effort on the part of former PM Kevin Rudd to apologise was worth hearing and that it did serve to act as a catalyst towards improving and easing the trauma of our people, but then to say that our people are not worthy of reparation and compensation for those affected is yet another major slap in the face for the survivors and their families of the Stolen Generations. Read more about The Apology is still an empty vessel: Sovereign Union

Jail rate for First Nations children is soaring at an alarming rate

Aboriginal youth repeat offender

Figures show that the number of First Nations children being jailed is rising enormously, as the tide of social dysfunction in urban and regional centres has never been properly addressed.

More than 250 indigenous youth in northwestern New South Wales have been sentenced to juvenile prison terms during the past five years compared with only 12 non-Aboriginal children, The Australian newspaper reported.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the national rate of Aboriginal juvenile incarceration has risen to 31 times the non-indigenous rate and rising.

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The Freedom Fighters - Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner and Truganini

How the Murdoch press keeps Australia’s dirty secret: John Pilger

‘Nigger Hunt’ by Murdoch Media

Murdoch Media are targeting Aboriginal woman Tarneen Onus Williams in a modern day 'Nigger Hunt' because the Melbourne Rally she was involved in, and all of the other Rallies, are becoming a major threat to the continuation of the neo-colonial celebration on 26th January.

The targeting of Tarneen is a example of what John Pilger was talking about in this 2011 article - about how this mega media outlet has been targeting Aboriginal people. Read more about How the Murdoch press keeps Australia’s dirty secret: John Pilger

The Cashless Debit Card causes social and economic harm - so why trial it again?

A welfare card was recommended in a controversial review of Indigenous employment by WA mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest

The federal government’s Cashless Debit Card trials in the East Kimberley and Ceduna were recently extended. In the space of a day, the government not only released the limited evaluation of the trial, but used this to justify its extension. The extension is puzzling given that the trial has led to further economic and social harm among people compulsorily included. Some communities argued that the card would be important to curb gender-based violence. However, there are reports that domestic violence has actually increased since the card was introduced and crime increased. Read more about The Cashless Debit Card causes social and economic harm - so why trial it again?

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