Reconciliation - now is the time

Reconciliation – now is the time

I want to tell you a story about a woman, Born in the first quarter of the twentieth century in an indigenous community, Who knew life on the land, a traditional Indigenous life; When only a small child, she hid in the bush, one of a handful of survivors of a massacre in central New South Wales; Her mind is fading today, her daughter is gone, her ways are but ...

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A Contributing Life: the reality of Australia's first people

A Contributing Life: the reality of Australia’s first people

“… people with mental health problems want the same thing as everyone else. Even the disadvantaged should be able to lead a contributing life. This can mean many things. It can mean a fulfilling life enriched with close connections to family and friends, good health and wellbeing to allow those connections to be enjoyed, having something to do each day that provides meaning and purpose – whether it be a ...

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What Civil Liberties Australia has to say about corruption in the AFP

What Civil Liberties Australia has to say about corruption in the AFP

Pius wrote in ALP corruption, a suicide in the AFP and death threats made against a three year old – Human Rights Australian style about the actions of certain Australian Federal Police (“AFP”) officers who were involved in intimidating a witness to corruption at the highest levels of the Australian Capital Territory Government and the Australian Labor Party. In this post, Pius detailed how two AFP Agents threatened and assaulted ...

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Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

One of my pet issues on Blak and Black is what befell the former Commissioner for ACT Revenue (“the Commissioner”), a Wiradjuri and member of the Stolen Generation(s), which made him a person without any legal protections in Australia. What rot I hear you say. Well if so, I ask readers to consider the following events, which I have put together in chronological order, and consider whether what happened sounds ...

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The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The following is a modified version of an article which first appeared in the Fiji Sun on 12 September, 2011 and which Blak and Black has linked to since publishing the following article. The Fiji Sun article was subsequently copied and published by the Solomon Star on 14 September 2011. I gratefully acknowledge the Fiji Sun as being the major source for what follows. As the High Court of Australia ...

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Injustice within Justice

Injustice within Justice

I have borrowed the title from Michael Stolleis’ oxymoronically titled book Justice within Injustice which is about, oxymoronically, justice in the Third Reich. After having read Stolleis’ essays, in which he argues that the loss of personal freedoms under the Third Reich was more an erosion of freedoms that a revolutionary break with the past, I was struck by the parallels between what Stolleis argues happened under the Third Reich ...

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AFP corruption and their per diem

AFP corruption and their per diem

In the 1960s Donald Horne observed, “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” This observation was followed in the 1990s by Paul Keating when he made his famous Placido Domingo speech at the Press Club, in which he noted that Australia has never had a great leader of the stature of an Abraham Lincoln, a Franklin Roosevelt or a Winston Churchill. While I loathe ...

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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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“idiots...drunks...and people with nowhere else to go...”

“idiots…drunks…and people with nowhere else to go…”

“Well, invaded by idiots, perhaps, Mr Humphries, and that would not surprise me at all. Being invaded by drunks would not surprise me either. Being invaded by people with nowhere else to go would not surprise me either. But I ask you, Mr Humphries, as you sit there with your smug look on your face – – -“ When I first read the above in the Hansard DEBATES OF THE ...

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Equality and the law

Equality and the law

“You don’t have to worry about your little boong mate Marky suing you for fitting him up. When I’m finished with him he’ll be in the gutter where he belongs with all his other boong mates. You will be able to piss on him as you step over him on your way to work” (Excerpt from a verbal exchange between an ACT DPP Prosecutor and an ACT Department of Treasury ...

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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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The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The Commonwealth and each of the States and Territories of Australia have an obligation to act as a model litigant in claims and litigation. This obligation is enshrined in legislation and form part of the ‘rule of law’, which governs the conduct of every Australian and visitor to our shores. In essence, a model litigant is required to act honestly and fairly in handling claims and litigation. Honestly and fairly ...

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Corruption comes at a cost

Corruption comes at a cost

On 5th January in an article titled: Closer checks urged after bridge collapse the Canberra Times ACT Assembly reporter Noel Towell reported that: The ACT Government has been told to keep a closer watch over builders working on government projects in the wake of last year’s bridge collapse in Canberra’s north. An official report into the oversight of the job, a bridge span of the Gungahlin Drive Extension over the ...

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Racism and Corporate Australia

Racism and Corporate Australia

Over the next few weeks I will be putting up posts written by those who have assisted me in collecting statements or who have introduced me to the victims of the human rights violations I have briefly outlined in the statistics included under the tab Racism in Australia – the facts. Prior to handing over the reins to others, I thought that I would take a detailed look at a ...

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Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals...The Australian Federal Police

Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals…The Australian Federal Police

As I have expressed in my ‘About’ page, a major consideration for me in becoming a cyber-pamphleteer was to protest about the racist and subsequent violent treatment I have been subjected to by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) over the last seven years. It is not only me; over two hundred other Indigenous Australians have provided me with statements alleging racial vilification and physical assaults by the AFP. When I ...

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