Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

In fact, the worst offender of institutionalised discrimination and marginalisation of Aboriginal people is the government.—Neil Gillespie, head of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc, South Australia (‘Poor health, racism go hand in hand – research’, Koori Mail 448 p.32) Over the last few months I have been liaising with an Indonesian journalist, who like me, has an interest in Australian Federal Police racism and corruption. While her particular focus ...

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Worldwide phenomena: white hate crimes committed against indigenous people

Worldwide phenomena: white hate crimes committed against indigenous people

I was contacted over the weekend by a colleague in the United States who pointed out to me the similarities in the nature of the crimes I described in my post Lawrence and King: a study in institutionalised racism and the response by the white dominated Australian Federal Police to the complaint that was contemporaneously made about that incident by Ms. King and an incident that occurred in Nevada on May ...

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Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

21) After coffee was served Mr and Mrs King and I were discussing Mrs (name removed on legal advice) dog Sooty and all of his aliments when a dark haired man with an olive complexion and green eyes standing about 5ft 9ins approached our table. He saw Mr King and audibly said “you fucking bumb boong cunt, I told you we would get you, we don’t like fucking boongs in ...

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The Swansong Budget: Screw the workers to feed the obese (miners that is!)

The Swansong Budget: Screw the workers to feed the obese (miners that is!)

The resource sector is expected to spend an historic $76 billion on mining projects next financial year, with mining investment accounting for six per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product in 2011/12. From this investment miners will reap $203 billion in export value in 2012/13, but the looming investment boom and associated tax breaks will drag down the federal government’s share of the profits. According to the government’s own 2011/12 ...

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Stanhope-less is gone, now it’s time for accountability and transparency

Stanhope-less is gone, now it’s time for accountability and transparency

Well thank god for that! Like all good rats, the king of spin is the first to abandon the sinking ship of state the Australian Capital Territory. Yes, strictly speaking the ACT is not a state and nor should it ever become one, so perhaps a more accurate descriptor would be King Rat surfaces in Australia’s cesspool of greed, corruption and shady deals. Yes, I know that the cesspool of ...

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Ya reckon ya live in a democracy, do ya?

Ya reckon ya live in a democracy, do ya?

In 1991-1992 the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU conducted a national survey of 1522 Australians and asked them about their attitude to rights. The report Rights in Australia 1991-1992 found that 70.6% of Australians want a Bill of Rights (7.4% were against and 21.8% were undecided). The Survey also found that 85.9% supported a referendum to determine whether a Bill of Rights should be put in the Constitution. ...

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Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

What a combination, but what do they have to do with Blak and Black? To steal a line from Gore Vidal’s Caligula, “everything and nothing”. Nothing, because Blak and Black is a site dedicated to raising awareness about political corruption in Australia and how this impacts on the legal rights of the indigenous peoples of Australia and the Pacific. Everything, because Australia’s child sex-tourism laws are being abused by the ...

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I will destroy the wisdom of the wise

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise

As a prelude to this post I would like to congratulate former Solomon Islands’ Attorney-General Julian Moti on his win in the High Court. On Friday 8th April 2011 the High Court approved Mr. Moti’s application for special leave to appeal a Queensland Court of Appeal ruling allowing the politically motivated prosecution of him to proceed. While this is obviously good news for Mr. Moti, the Commonwealth didn’t leave the ...

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White fellas greed has no bounds!

White fellas greed has no bounds!

“I’m not sure it’s the law that would do it , it’s more the climate that does it. I’ve been critical, openly critical of aspects of government policy and that’s had some consequences for me, I’m self employed and I’m at a stage of my career where I can withstand the consequences of saying unpopular things, but if I were employed somewhere, if I were at the stage ...

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Is Native Title worth the paper it's written on?

Is Native Title worth the paper it’s written on?

At the request of one of the people mentioned in this post it has been taken down. We will review this situation and keep you informed of any progress as it becomes available. The video associated with this post was removed by Vimeo on 13 April 2011, after contact from lawyers “… for Fortescue Metals Group and its CEO …” but may still be accessed at this address. Read the press ...

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Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the 'arc of instability'

Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the ‘arc of instability’

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), established in 1979, enforces Commonwealth criminal law and protects Australia’s interests at a national and international level. The AFP also contracts out a general policing service to the Australian Capital Territory Government, where it has recently been accused of torture and other human rights violations. The idea expressed by Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern policing in 1829, that police are not merely tools ...

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perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

“…each of the offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice…” The above statement comes from Justice Bruce James’s judgment in the case of former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld. In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine. He admitted he ...

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“Politics is the art of the possible.” —Machiavelli

“Politics is the art of the possible.” —Machiavelli

“All Things Obey Money.” This may be true, but if it is, it is because fools obey money. Just because it’s the first thing that comes to mind does not mean it is the best answer. “A finger is useful for pointing to the moon, but woe to him who mistakes the finger for the moon.” —Zen saying Money is like an umbrella spread over everything. It can be exchanged ...

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Our youth, a future of hope?

Our youth, a future of hope?

Yesterday I received a communication from a foreign school student who has an Australian Federal Police detachment in his country. His question, to me after reading my comments on Blak and Black was: “Are the AFP really as corrupt and racist as you make them out to be on your web site?” My immediate response to my enquirer was that on the basis of my own interactions with the Australian ...

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Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

As part of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Additional estimates for 2006–2007, held in February 2007, Senator Evans put the following question on notice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Mick Keelty has also branded the Solomons Government as either corrupt or incompetent (see SMH -Police Mission to Solomons at Risk of Collapse 10/02/07). Does the Government have any ...

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“You can only have as much justice as you can afford”

“You can only have as much justice as you can afford”

What do Darren Bloomfield, Isobel Coe, Angelique, the former Commissioner for ACT Revenue, Uncle Billy, Ms King, ‘Spooky eyes’ ‘Bird’ Pat, ‘Lizard’ John Johnson, Albert Mason, Richard Hansen, Trevor Beal and me all have in common? More to the point, what do we have in common with two hundred other Australians? Firstly, we are all Indigenous Australians. Secondly, we have all been terrorised, bullied and denied fairness by the institutions ...

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Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Mr Paulo Flores is today’s guest poster on Blak and Black. Paulo is a European trained and qualified Psychologist, Lawyer, Mediator and Human Rights Activist. He is currently working in Australia as a mediator and investigator. Paulo was previously a case worker dealing with the victims of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. During many hours of heated discussions, fuelled by the odd bottle of red or two, we began ...

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Who are citizens of ‘Australia’s great democracy?’

Who are citizens of ‘Australia’s great democracy?’

First, democracy implies processes of communication through which individuals come to know as individuals what they want or think is right. Individuals should be the owners of their beliefs and preferences, meaning that beliefs or preferences should not be the result of manipulation or received opinion but rather the result of considered adherence. Second, democracy implies processes of communication through which a collectivity comes to know what it wants or ...

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The AFP and the rule of law

The AFP and the rule of law

The AFP in its submission to: THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, March 2007 made the following statement: The AFP Annual Report 2005-06 focuses on the pivotal role of the organisation in supporting emerging states in our neighbourhood and contributing to the global peace dividend. Participation by the AFP in peace and stability operations and regional capacity building is ...

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The genteel art of bullying

The genteel art of bullying

I was recently discussing the genteel art of bullying with a former associate, Paulo Flores, who is a psychologist and mediator and Watershedd, a recent contributor to Blak and Black. During the course of both of these conversations the topic turned to the definition of bullying. This made me stop and think and eventually realise that what I’m actually ‘banging-on’ about to the United Nations and on Blak and Black ...

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