Violence & Child Abuse
'PM for Aboriginal Affairs' Abbott Faces his Biggest Hearing Test
Tony Abbott is spending this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his longheld hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories does the PM need to hear while he’s in the Top End?
One thing is certain about the Prime Minister’s week in North East Arnhem Land: no matter
what he does, he’ll be criticised for it. That’s just how it is with politics, especially Aboriginal
politics. People love to criticise.
Culture can be Deadly for Kids
THE death of six year old Kiesha Weippeart makes me wonder whether we are creating an
abused generation of Aboriginal children. An excellent article by Miranda Devine (The
Sunday Telegraph, July 21) chronicled the many awful twists in Kiesha's short life and tragic death. Kiesha's mother, Kristi Abrahams, was sentenced to 16 years' jail for murdering her daughter.
NAIDOC Week - a Time to be Proud and Celebrate, but also to Reflect
Within Aboriginal Australia there is currently much to celebrate. We have several prominent
Aboriginal politicians, an Australian of the Year who is Aboriginal (Adam Goodes), people
employed in prestigious occupations, great sportspeople and many talented entertainers
and artists. They are all outstanding contributors to making Australia a great nation.
Violence in Indigenous Communities is Distressing
Violence in Aboriginal communities is one issue that many do not wish to talk about. But if we
don't acknowledge the problem we won't be able to address it, writes Anthony Dillon.
The news in The Australian this week about the impacts of violence on people living in remote communities, particularly Aboriginal people, is distressing.
Violence - Our Rampaging Elephant in the Room
The recent news of Northern Territory politician, Bess Price’s sister being murdered should be a wakeup call to one of the most serious problems facing Aboriginal Australians.
The woman was and is Bess’ skin sister. They were close like any sisters; they had the same father. Violent deaths of a loved one, whether they be adult, child, family, friend, is something that Bess has had much experience with, yet it is something you just don’t get used to.