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46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Issue #1946

Does NEVER AGAIN mean NEVER AGAIN?

On 9th December 2020, an interim report was released on the parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The report was titled Never Again.

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Issue #1965

Grave containing 215 Indigenous children evidence of Canadian residential school genocide

Indigenous communities across Canada and throughout North America are reeling following the disclosure last week that the remains of at least 215 children, some as young as three years old, have been found buried in a mass unmarked grave.

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A sacred 800-year-old birthing tree Issue #1946

“No Trees, No Treaty”: Land Rights and the Class Struggle in Australia today

The ongoing struggle at the Djab Wurrung Embassy has garnered serious media attention in the past year. The issue centres on the Victorian government’s proposal to upgrade the highway between Ararat and Buangor in central Victoria by creating a bypass through Djab Wurrung country.

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Frontier Was Stories Issue #1946

Frontier war stories – The great lawman, Dundalli

Boe Spearim, a Gamilaraay, Kooma, and Marrawarri radio host has brought out a groundbreaking podcast series, Frontier Wars Stories, which is dedicated to truth-telling about the side of Australia which has been left out of the history books.

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Don't celebrate invasion. Issue #1946

Restrictions used to redirect focus off invasion day protests

On this year’s Invasion Day, COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect throughout the country to minimise gatherings.

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Debit card Issue #1946

No cashless debit card! – No more economic control!

Early in December 2020, the racist and punitive Cashless Debit Card (CDC) trials were extended for another two years, a compromise on the attempts to make the CDC trials permanent.

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Issue #1964

Australia’s age of criminal responsibility is “archaic”

Australia is being urged by 31 countries of the United Nations to reconsider our archaic laws regarding the age of criminal responsibility.

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Issue #1947

The CPA attends invasion day rallies nationwide

Around the country, Communist Party of Australia (CPA) branches attended Invasion Day rallies and marches in a solidarity effort with First Nations people.

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The over-representation of First Nations People in the judicial system Issue #1946

The over-representation of First Nations People in the judicial system

The incarceration rates of Indigenous people and their deaths in custody continues to be a national disgrace. It is a problem that the government, both at the state and federal level, alongside the ruling class, is unwilling and incapable of being able to address, let alone solve.

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Issue #1958

30th anniversary of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report

The 15th of April marks the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) report.

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Issue #1951

Qld Labor government’s misguided crackdown on juvenile crime

The Queensland Labor government announced on Wednesday, 9th February, that it will be cracking down on juvenile crime, a move many legal advocacy groups have immediately and roundly condemned.

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Issue #1948

Neo-Nazis gather in the Grampian Ranges

At least forty neo-Nazis gathered at the Grampian ranges in Victoria over the long weekend prior to Invasion Day.

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Issue #1990

Protest against uranium mine proposal – Mulga Rock, WA

On Friday, 26th November, fifty anti-uranium mining protesters, including traditional owners, attended a rally outside the headquarters of Vimy Resources in South Perth.

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Issue #1975

Dylan Voller reflects on Indigenous incarceration

Systemic abuse in NT detention received widespread attention in July 2016 after the ABC’s Four Corners’ exposé “Australia’s Shame” sparked global outrage and prompted the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT.

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Issue #1983

Conservation, climate and communities

The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) held its Annual Conference.

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Issue #1986

“Justice for JC” Protest, West Perth

On the steps of the West Australian Parliament House on Thursday 28th October, I attended a protest with about 100 other people, mostly Indigenous, calling for justice for JC.

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Debit card Issue #1989

The cashless debit card – a “public whip”

What is a cashless “welfare” card?

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Editorial Issue #1947

Australia’s human rights record is a joke

 Last month, at the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Australian officials faced tough questions over its human rights violations. The...

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Issue #1976

Querying Carrolup: Stolen Generations, art and healing through truth

Carrolup Native Settlement was established near Katanning in the Great Southern region of Western Australia in 1915 under the auspices of the Aborigines Act 1905

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Issue #1977

Green ban lifted on Sydney heritage site

Despite a four-year campaign, Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace will be removed in accordance with the NSW state government’s plan to build the new Powerhouse Museum on the land.

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Issue #1985

Rally to protect Aboriginal heritage – Perth

After Rio Tinto infamously blew up the Juukan Gorge in 2020 in the Pilbara gained worldwide attention

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Issue #1977

The fight continues

Fifty-five years ago, on 23rd August, 1966, about 200 stockmen and their families walked off the Wave Hill cattle station, owned by British Lord Vestey, in protest at the appalling wages and conditions they were forced to endure.

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Issue #1962

Telstra fined for unsavoury practices

Stunningly, but not surprisingly, Australia has found more ways to exploit Indigenous people.

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Issue #1981

SA bans spit hoods

On 23rd September, the South Australian parliament voted unanimously to ban the use of spit hoods ...

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Issue #1988

NSW police block efforts to protect remote Indigenous communities

It has been brought to light that one of NSW’s most senior police officers influenced the state government to reject proposed health measures designed to protect remote Indigenous communities.

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Issue #1965

Stand with traditional owners against fracking!

Letter by Seed Mob

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Issue #1954

Blak death cells – three more black deaths in custody on eve of royal commission 30th year anniversary

Three First Nations people have died in custody this month, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. These three deaths – two in New South Wales (NSW) and one in Victoria – add to the already 440+ black deaths in custody that have occurred over these thirty years, leading families of the victims to declare a national emergency.

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Issue #1957

Stop black deaths in custody rally – Sydney

On Saturday, the 10th of April, a CPA contingent attended Stop Black Deaths in Custody rally in Sydney.

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Issue #1964

Remembering the Lock Hospitals of Bernier and Dorre Islands

The Bernier and Dorre Islands are two narrow islands located fifty-two km from the Western Australian port city of Carnarvon.

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Issue #1965

New insights into the Stolen Generations

A recently updated report released a staggering increase in Indigenous people disclosing themselves as Stolen Generations survivors.

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Issue #1956

Art in the name of exploitation: Dark Mofo’s Union Flag controversy

On 20th March, the organisers of the creative arts festival Dark Mofo put out a chilling call to First Nations people on Instagram: “we want your blood.” Once you read the text beneath the picture, they began to specify that they were asking for blood donations to be used for one of the festival’s performance pieces. The idea behind the “artwork” in question entitled “Union Flag” was to drench the British flag in the blood of First Nations people. This immediately drew swathes of criticism from First Nations peoples and was roundly condemned in the arts community and beyond.

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Issue #1963

Australian government continues to exploit Indigenous land

The federal government’s “gas-fired recovery” plans fly in the face of any reason ...

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Issue #1984

Indigenous Australians continue to be left out of the conversation

In a controversial move earlier this year, the Senate voted down a proposal to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate truth-telling and treaty-making processes – two of the three key recommendations of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

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Issue #1969

Heal country! – Protecting Indigenous land and culture

Last week was NAIDOC week, a week held across Australia every July, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture, and achievements.

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Issue #1976

Covid crisis in outback NSW: Indigenous communities at risk

The COVID crisis deepened this week as New South Wales began recording over 800 cases a day, and regional Victoria went back into lockdown.

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Issue #1974

Stolen Generation reparations welcome, but do not match the real costs!

The Morrison government has announced $378mil in reparations for survivors of the Stolen Generation in the Northern Territory (NT) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) as part of a $1bil commitment to the Closing the Gap framework.

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Issue #1964

MUA stands with Traditional Land Owners

The MUA has once again shown how, with militant leadership, the trade union movement can be a vehicle for taking the workers’ movement to social issues.

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Issue #1964

“THE INEQUALITY VIRUS”

“COVID-19 has been likened to an x-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.”

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