Why Aboriginal Australians are still having their wages 'stolen' 50 years after the Wave Hill Walk-off

Why Aboriginal Australians are still having their wages 'stolen' 50 years after the Wave Hill Walk-off

It's 2017 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are again fighting against the systemic denial of fair pay for work. When people talk about stolen wages — the slavery-like system that saw Aboriginal people denied any or equal pay for hard work over decades — they typically speak of the past. But the pervasive and poisonous tentacles of systemic racism in Australia are very much of the present.

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The gap grows wider for remote communities struggling with severe overcrowding

The gap grows wider for remote communities struggling with severe overcrowding

To achieve the Close the Gap measures, the federal and territory governments need to engage in genuine dialogue with Aboriginal people. The chronic crisis of overcrowding can only be addressed through a collaborative approach, with a view to ultimately giving control back to Aboriginal communities.

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Government must stop jailing children in the state’s most notorious prison

Government must stop jailing children in the state’s most notorious prison

Just a day after Victoria’s highest court confirmed the government acted unlawfully in detaining children at the Barwon adult prison, the Minister has tried yet again to keep them there. The government is spending extraordinary resources defending the indefensible – jailing children in the state’s most notorious adult prison.

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We now have a Premier who makes no apologies for disregarding the human rights of children

We now have a Premier who makes no apologies for disregarding the human rights of children

I've just returned from Barwon maximum security adult prison. I found myself squatting on the floor to talk to one of our clients – a 16-year-old child – through the trapdoor to his cell. The tight steel opening so small I could only see his anxious eyes. He is being held in solitary confinement; pacing his cell, uncertain when he will be let out. He hasn't seen the sky since Thursday.

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