Assimilation & Oppression

Mental health services for Aboriginal Australians inadequate, inappropriate, report warns

Aboriginal Mental Health

A new report says Mental health services for Aboriginal Australians are "both inadequate and inappropriate", and immediate changes are needed to address growing rates of suicide, depression and other mental health issues among Indigenous youth. The report also highlighted several shortcomings in efforts to improve mental health among Indigenous Australians and cited "dramatic" increases in recent years in Indigenous rates of youth suicide, anxiety and depression and other related illnesses. [node:read-more:link]

Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions

As elections loom in Victoria and New South Wales, their governments' focus on tough law-and-order policies and prison populations are beyond capacity, but reports state that the crime statistics in these states are falling. A lot of people will shrug their shoulders and wonder what the fuss is about. People who commit crimes go to prison and this makes the community safer. What they fail to consider is the very real downside: a bigger drain on the public purse and a bad social outcome. [node:read-more:link]

Twiggy's reforms are 'Cruel, Harsh and Inhumane': National Welfare Rights Network

Andrew Forrest left with Warren Mundine and Tony Abbott

In a submission to the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review, headed by billionaire mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, the National Welfare Rights Network has argued many of Forrest’s recommendations would have devastating impacts and do little to improve employment outcomes for Indigenous people.

A central recommendation is the creation of a “Healthy Welfare Card” - article by Max Chalmers, 'New Matilda'. [node:read-more:link]

The Abbott and his Missionaries announce their Tea & Flour rations

The Abbott government has opened up the first funding round of its streamlined $4.8bn Indigenous Advancement Strategy, with tough new guidelines for organisations wishing to access the money.

In other words the real owners of this continent are forced to go cap in hand to the missionaries as The Abbott amalgamates 150 First Nations programs into five broad areas

Welcome to the age of the Abbott Chain Gangs [node:read-more:link]

Family breakdowns causing repeat imprisonment of First Nations mums, study finds

A groundbreaking study on Aboriginal mothers in West Australian prisons has revealed the devastating effects of high levels of intergenerational incarceration on families.
Western Australians Curtin University researchers conducted interviews with 84 Aboriginal mothers in prisons across the state as part of a National Health and Medical Research Council-funded project, examining the experiences of First Nations women in prison in WA and NSW. [node:read-more:link]


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