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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. [node:read-more:link]

'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. [node:read-more:link]

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. [node:read-more:link]

Shutting down Australia's First Nations Homeland communities

In an ultimatum, WA was offered $90m, enough to fund remote communities through to 2017. But as of June 2015, federal funding agreements will end, effectively giving WA authorities little time to work out how to fund remote communities in the future - and which ones will have to close. However, the racist government appears eager to continue the genocide of First Nations people and the dislocated people that don't end up slaving in WA's mines will end up in prison or living on the streets in nearby towns. [node:read-more:link]

Ancient rock paintings in the Kimberley damaged by WA government Fire Bombings

Bradshaw Figures - East Kimberley Western Australia

WA government fires have devastated have damaged the world-renowned Bradshaw collection on the Kimberley Plateau. These works are widely regarded as the oldest figurative paintings in the world, was recently damaged by fire, which locals claim was a result of the government's program. There are 8742 known examples of rock art in the Kimberley but their future looks bleak, with damaged sites stretching from Kununurra, along the Mitchell Plateau, across the Bungle Bungles to Faraway Bay. [node:read-more:link]

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