By Gerry Georgatos - Courtesy of The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - (Photo of Irrkelantye dwelling by Paddy Gibson) Today, Irrkelantye has been without its water supply for one month. The residents of this open air shanty now walk half a kilometre to collect as much water as they can carry back. The Northern Territory Government is not budging from its relative silence. It appears the Government wants the people to move on from this safe space.
By Gerry Georgatos - This story is reproduced from The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is estimated that around the world nearly one million people per year die by suicide. According to the World Health Organisation the figure is at least 800,000 people lost to suicide each year. This translates to a death by suicide every 40 seconds, more than 3,000 suicides per day. For every suicide the World Health Organisation estimates there are at least twenty failed suicide attempts.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - Without any notice to the impoverished community of Irrkelantye, also known as Whitegate, the Northern Territory Government cut off the water supply. In the past, the United Nations has slammed as âan affront to human rightsâ such scandalous measures to shut down communities and move on people. Irrkelantye is all that its residents have known as home and indeed they have nowhere to go.
By Dr Woolombi Waters - courtesy of The National Indigenous Times - A little over a month ago it was reported Tony Abbott as the Prime Minister of Australia made a political gaffe or blunder when he stated âI guess our country owes its existence to a form of foreign investment by the British government in the then unsettled or, um, scarcely settled, Great South Land.â
By Leon Gettler - courtesy of The National Indigenous Times - The author of this article, Leon Gettler is an award-winning author and freelance journalist, commentator, lecturer, and speaker on issues which cover a range of areas including politics, history, strategy, globalisation, leadership and all the big trends ahead. He is a popular weekly columnist at Business Spectator and also writes for publications including The Fifth Estate, Public Accountant, Charter, CRN and ProPrint.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer and The National Indigenous Times - Australia was founded on bloodshed, and its historical identity and its origins-of-thinking include slavery (blackbirding), social engineering, apartheid, racism. To deny all of this is to keep Australians hostage to the various veils and layers of racism. Understanding the past is to free up the present and the future from being held hostage by lies. Far too often our ability to discover the truth has been outstripped by the capacity to manifest deceit.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The National Indigenous Times and The Stringer - The Forrest report â âCreating Parityâ â which pushes the line of âseismicallyâ changing the landscape for First Nations people contains more than just how to incentivise job creation for First Nations people. It describes the potential for a whole lot of social engineering in order to bring on âequalityâ as Mr Forrest and his co-authors see it.
Treaty on land rights which was never kept. See also http://treatyrepublic.net/content/bob-hawkes-draft-treaty-includes-nos-2...
A group of "Concerned Australians" has published an excellent YouTube video outlining how governments are still mistreating Aborigines, stealing their money and land, keeping them poor and stripping them of any power they may have had.
By Gerry Georgatos - Courtesy of The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - The Fred Hollows Foundationâs CEO, Brian Doolan said, âThere are no excuses for Australia to be the only developed country in the world where people still suffer from trachoma, where Indigenous men in areas such as the east Katherine region have an average life expectancy of 46 years, where babies are dying at a rate three times higher than babies born to non-Indigenous born to non-Indigenous parents.â
By Gerry Georgatos - Courtesy of The Stringer and The National Indigenous Times - http://thestringer.com.au/ and http://nit.com.au/ Children in the Northern Territory are three times more likely to die before they turn five years of age than children born into the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney. But when the data is disaggregated, the Northern Territoryâs First Nations children, who are nearly half the Northern Territory child population, fare dramatically worse.
We were not put on this Earth to bury our children, but in the Northern Territory, this is what is happening.