The Stringer weekly newsletter - March 23

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

Rising Renters Stress – 2/3rds of Australian live in rent

March 23, 2013

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) ‘rental stress’ is a term often used to describe households at risk of experiencing difficulty meeting their rental costs. High levels of rental stress mean that affordability may be low and, as a result, those households experiencing rental stress may be less able to rent housing that meets their basic needs.

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Julia Dowling – 3 times Archibald finalist

March 23, 2013

Badimia Aboriginal artist Julie Dowling’s painting of Wong-goo-tt-oo Elder Wilfred Hicks was the only Western Australian Aboriginal finalist in the 2013 Archibald Prize.

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15 year old girl sentenced to 100 lashes for being raped

March 22, 2013

In the tourist mecca of the Maldives, a teenage girl who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather has been sentenced to 100 lashes.

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The Prime Minister’s Apology to Victims of Forced Adoption

March 21, 2013

Today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a national apology on behalf of the Australian Government to all Australians affected by removal policies and practices from 1932 to 1982 which resulted in forced adoptions. The exact figure of how many children were removed remains unknown but it is estimated that as many as 225,000 babies were.

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Australia’s ADHD and dexamphetamine hotspots

March 21, 2013

In Western Australia in 1989 880 people were prescribed stimulant medication (for ADHD). By the year 2000 this had increased to 20,648, with the WA Health Department estimating 18,000 prescriptions having been issued to children. By 2002 WA prescription rates were amongst the highest in the world, exceeding the US national average.

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Yolnu youth should not be finishing up in prison

March 21, 2013

Richard Trudgen is a community development educator in the Arnhem who is worried that the rule of law has become too confusing for the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal peoples. He is concerned that the Yolnu people of Elcho Island are being treated with indifference and heavy-handedness by the NT Intervention authorities and by the NT police.

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Arnhem Land Traditional Owners call for an end to fracking

March 21

Arnhem Elders and landowners are calling on the Northern Territory and Federal Governments to halt fracking in the Arnhem – on land and seas.

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From Secret Country to Forgotten Peoples

March 19, 2013

WA has the nation’s highest median income – per capita it is the richest State in the Commonwealth of Australia yet it has the highest homelessness rate in the nation. Its poorest people – most of them Aboriginal – have not benefited from the mining boom.

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Some of The Stringer’s most widely read stories include:

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

March 16, 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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Australia’s Aboriginal children – The world’s highest suicide rate

February 27, 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

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