Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Arrest of Aboriginal man who was tasered referred to professional standards unit

An Aboriginal man charged with resisting arrest had his charges thrown out by a court. Luke Marsh was tasered and pepper-sprayed by ACT Police when he was arrested for breaching the peace. The arrest of the 39-year-old man has now been referred to the ACT Policing Professional Standards Unit. Aboriginal man charged with resist arrest …

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NSW Police Commissioner boosts Strike Force Raptor numbers

Police Commissioner Karen Webb has vowed to add 30 new members to the controversial Strike Force Raptor. Raptor started in 2009 as a proactive, high-impact operation targetting outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs). The Squad has come under fire for their aggressive tactics and lawlessness, and the over-militarisaion of the force. The latest shooting of Comanchero bike …

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NSW Police Commissioner boosts Strike Force Raptor numbers

Man found dead in prison cell in Grafton

A man has been found dead in his cell at Clarence Correctional Centre in Grafton on Saturday morning. NSW Corrective Services confirmed that the 41-year-old man was the centre’s first death in custody. Grafton Prison: Death in Custody The man is yet to be identified by Serco, the operator of the jail. They declined to …

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WA rehab centre in administration after abuse claims

A women’s rehabilitation centre in Perth is likely to become insolvent after abuse claims surfaced. Former residents of the Esther Foundation claimed they were subject to abuse including withholding food and medication. The Foundation has links to the Pentecostal church. Prior to the 2019 election, the Federal Government gave millions in grants to the centre. Aboriginal …

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Kobie Dee headlines South East Block Party 2022

Indigenous artist Kobie Dee will be headlining the South East Block Party for another year. The Youth festival is set to return tomorrow from 2:30pm at Arthur Byrne Reserve on Bidjigal Land in Maroubra. It’s Up to You’th The Block Party co-incides with Youth Week 2022, which focuses on empowering youth to create their own futures. …

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Kobie Dee headlines South East Block Party 2022

Funeral insurer, aimed at Indigenous consumers, collapses leaving thousands out of pocket

The Government has been called to step in to assist First Nations families who lost money to a funeral insurance fund which seemed to be Indigenous owned and created. Ngemba woman, and Greens candidate for Parkes Trish Frail spoke in Dubbo today about the collapse of Youpla Group. Greens NSW Senate candidate David Shoebridge stood …

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Draconian anti-protesting laws will hurt democracy, advocates say

In a disturbing turn of events, new anti-protesting laws mean the NSW Government has essentially criminalised any protests that don’t have NSW Police approval. The new, repressive measures deliberately target protesters, who are often in opposition to the Government’s views. Everyone from school children marching for climate action, to anti-war protestors can face up to …

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Police officer touched nipple of Aboriginal boy while he was restrained, watchdog finds

A NSW Police officer touched the nipple of a restrained Aboriginal boy while laughing, the police watchdog has found in a serious example of police misconduct. Police restrained the 15-year-old boy in an ambulance, over fears he tried to self-harm in his cell. The watchdog found the officer touched the boy’s nipple, while making a …

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Police officer touched nipple of Aboriginal boy while he was restrained, watchdog finds

Racial discrimination: Indigenous Academics file complaint against petrol station

Two prominent Indigenous academics each launched a racial discrimination complaint against a service station in Townsville. Professor Gracelyn Smallwood and Dr Stephen Hagan say that they were discriminated against in two separate incidents. Both times, fuel attendants locked their pumps while non-Indigenous customers were free to fill their cars up. Racial discrimination: “It happens to me …

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Racial discrimination complaint: Indigenous Academics file complaint against petrol station

“Unfair and distressing”: Kids under 16 unable to see parents in custody

Children under 16 have been prevented from visiting their parents in custody in person under the current Corrective Services rules. In-person visits temporarily resumed in November last year. However, Corrective Services then put them on hold again the day before Christmas. At the start of the month, NSW Corrective Services announced that in-person visits would …

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