The Stringer weekly newsletter - March 16

The Stringer went live February 20. Some of our stories from the last week include:

Quality of life for Australians 2nd only to Norway, but for Aboriginal peoples 122nd

March 16th, 2013

Once again the United Nations has ranked Australia second behind Norway in its annual Human Development Index – for public health, social wealth, education, even happiness. But if Aboriginal peoples go stand-alone they would not be part of that 2nd rating – they would be 122nd.

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Conservationists and the FPC continue to clash over native forest logging

March 15th, 2013

Conservationists have hit back at the Forest Products Commission’s (FPC) claims that for plantation estates to offset native forest logging would take 30 years of investment.

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Agent Orange used as herbicide throughout the Kimberley

March 15th, 2013

“The Government killed my son,” said Njikena Elder Lucy Marshall.

She said, “The truth must be told.”

Her son, Cyril Hunter, died in 1983 from exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used en masse during the Vietnam War. Mr Hunter had been employed to spray Agent Orange as a herbicide throughout the Kimberley.

He did not last long.

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Perth retirees make wheelchairs for kids in need – 337 wheelchairs on their way to Lebanon – Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan next

March 14th, 2013

By Stephanie Dalzell – courtesy of ABC online

Brother Olly Pickett was building wheelchairs for children in a tiny workshop in Cambodia when he came across one of the youngest workers in the group.

Volunteers load 337 children’s wheelchairs into a container going to Lebanon.

The 15-year-old amputee was propped up on his knees, undeterred by the rough concrete floor he was kneeling on.

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200 homeless programs face shutdown – 1 in 200 Australians are homeless

March 12th, 2013

Nearly 200 homelessness programs throughout Australia are at risk of being closed by the middle of the year if Federal and State funding is not renewed. It is allegedly tough financial times for Governments and difficult to balance budgets but it is even harder for those who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

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Katanning’s shame – time to stand up to child sexual abuse

March 1st, 2013

Katanning is a town located 277 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia on the Great Southern Highway in the heart of Noongar Country. Katanning has a population of 4,000 and a history of a culture of silence around child sexual abuses.

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Australia’s Aboriginal children – The world’s highest suicide rate

February 27th, 2013

2012’s total spend on Aboriginal communities reached $25 billion yet Australia’s Aboriginal youth suicide rates remain high – cruelly disproportionate to the rest of the Australian population.

This horror is played out the world over for Indigenous peoples but Australia’s Aboriginal peoples are at the top of this tragic list.

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The Stringer editorial team