The Murchison-Gascoyne region has overtaken the Kimberley region’s suicide rates, with new statistics finding Yamatji people in the area are taking their lives at seven times the national rate at the least. As of 2018, the ABS reported Australia’s suicide rate to be 12.2 per 100,000 people. For First Nations Peoples, this was 24 per […]
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Please note, this story contains the names and images of people who have died. A compensation scheme is being requested from the Western Australian Government today for families affected by workers exposed to Agent Orange herbicides used by the Agricultural Protection Board (APB) in the 1970s and 1980s. The National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery […]
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OPINION – EXCLUSIVE By Tammy Solonec* In October last year, Australia was voted onto the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the first time – for a three-year term. On the face of it, this presents great opportunities for the advancement of human rights in Australia, including the rights of Indigenous peoples. Whether that works […]
OPINION Another year draws to an end. Like all years prior, it has been one step forward, two steps back with the very occasional unimpeded step forward. Our struggle has not been much different in 2017 than it has been since Cook landed up on Cape York 247 years ago. Ours has always been a struggle for recognition. From 1770 onwards, our very existence was denied. According to the official records of the time, Cook landed on Terra […]
OPINION By Senator Pat Dodson* As a Yawuru man representing Australia in the Senate, I am often asked about my position on same-sex marriage. The truth is – I am a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. My views were known long before the debate entered the Parliament. I support it because I have seen enough […]
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