According to a new report by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Northern Territory has the highest rate of homicide in the country (5.7 per 100,000 in 2009–10 compared to 0.8 in the Australian Capital Territory).
These figures will come as no surprise to people like Northern Territory MP Bess Price, who has campaigned for years against the horrendous levels of domestic violence experienced by Indigenous women.
Price has been criticised by the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service for saying jail helps keep Aboriginal people safe: ‘While they are being imprisoned, they don’t get to drink, they don’t get into trouble, they are fed three times a day.’
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As murky details continue to emerge about the Australia Day ‘riot’, so do the murky conspiracy theories. In reaction to that shocking photo of a ruffled Prime Minister, people are positing grassy knolls on the lawns of Parliament House, eager to think that the whole debacle was a plot.
The startling picture of Julia Gillard being dragged along with furrowed brow was disturbing enough that people immediately wanted to find someone to blame, to find a greater lesson in the chaos. To convince themselves that it was ALL SOMEONE’S FAULT. Maybe a set up. The Opposition wants an investigation and to debate a no-confidence motion. People have called for the embassy to go, for Australia Day to be moved, for arrests to be made. Somebody must be made to pay!
It’s time to take the ranty pants off, fold them neatly and leave them on a chair in the corner for when they’re really needed.
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I was there. The crowd was screaming, sitting right up against the sideline in fold-out chairs. There was lots of catching up and discussing the state of play, and lots and lots of family and kids.
All in all, there were over 15,000 spectators, more than some NRL games and certainly a better crowd than our Commonwealth Games athletes have been getting in Delhi.
So what is a white woman’s view of the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout? Well, it’s a bloody awesome weekend. This was not my first and will not be my last.
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Three weeks ago, in a small town on the NSW coast, a man and his mate were both stabbed during a brawl.
The man died.
That brutal act sparked a family feud. The small, tight-knit community, sodden with anger and grief, was then faced with the violent fallout. Chaos reigned. Up to 50 people took to the streets, wielding weapons and venting their fury on cars, houses, people. For two days they raged.
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