Sunshine Coast

Country regions right behind the renters rights revolution – now a national movement

Gerry Georgatos
Renters Alliance (RA) WA coordinator Lea Keenan said that every week now Blackwood residents, renters and some who are home owners, are joining the movement and "are motivated for a united pursuance for legislation to make life fair for everyone."

Rally – August 15 – WA State Parliament – Rallies Australia-wide – October 16 – every capital city and many towns.


Rights campaigner Julian Assange acknowledges his Torres Strait Islander form and content

Gerry Georgatos
Global justice campaigner and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange has contributed his life to standing up for the oppressed and in challenging the world’s most powerful governments and clandestine institutions.

Mr Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland however he readily acknowledges a diverse heritage which he proudly said includes a Torres Strait Islander great-great-grandparent. In his form and content is that of a Thursday Islander, his (step) great-great-grandmother.


HRA media release: Bob Carr must live up to DFAT's side - Indonesia has lived up to their part - Schapelle soon home

Bob Carr said that it is abominable that children are in adult prisons - therefore release them all, now. Now that the Governor of Kerobokan has supported the right to early parole for Schapelle Corby, Australia needs to keep its side and en masse release all the children - now.

The conversations between DFAT and their counterparts, between Australian and Indonesian foreign ministries have occurred in that the goodwill of a sentence reduction, early parole for Schapelle Corby was brought up alongside the urgent need for Indonesian children in Australian adult prisons to be released.

National Renters Alliance campaign - WA rally August - National day of rallies October

Interviews with the HRA's National Renters Alliance

It started in the Blackwood region of the South West of WA, and then became the WA Renters Alliance, and now it's a national movement with the National Renters Alliance campaign

In August there will be a renters rally for justice at WA's state parliament followed by a coordinated national day of rallies in October

Sisters Inside needs our help as the Queensland government has cut funding

Gerry Georgatos
"For most of these women, the notion of human rights is unheard of. They have lived all their lives believing that they have no rights at all."

The Queensland Liberal-National government has withdrawn $120,000 annual funding from Sisters Inside, a long-time organisation that has provided counselling services for imprisoned women and for those recently released.

The Australian prison system has failed; warehouses of illness & death. Bring on Bastoy for starters

Gerry Georgatos
If you want to know the hearts and minds of a nation, of its consciousness, of its legislators, then day and night look into our prisons.

The two century old modern day prison experiment is failing, that is if we look at the spiralling incarceration rates, adult and youth, and if we look at re-offending rates, the recidivism.

My PhD research argues that people who enter the prison experience, who are incarcerated for relatively short or long terms leave the prison experience worse than they came in.


Control bill pushed to target Aboriginal peoples and to erode civil liberties

Gerry Georgatos
Australia-wide Aboriginal organisations, communities and rights advocates are more than just apprehensive of the consolidated push by State and Territory governments for the introduction of Criminal Association Control Bills better known as anti-association laws – in Western Australia, the Criminal Organisation Bill 2012 appears that it will be passed and within days.


Is a renters revolution nearing?

Gerry Georgatos
A renters rights movement is gathering momentum in Western Australia with its first impetus surprisingly from the state's South West, and in particular from the Blackwood Valley.

Brisbane & Queensland Aboriginal rights events for your diary - 6 events from 26 April 2012

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Event: Thu 26 April 2012: University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld
Our Generation film screening
"The University of the Sunshine Coast's
Amnesty International Uni group will be
hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International's Homelands campaign."
Event details:
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Film info:
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews


WGAR News: Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 23 events from 23 April 2012

Newsletter date: 23 April 2012

* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 23 events from 23 April 2012
* Justice Reinvestment Campaign for Aboriginal Youth NSW
* "How many more suicides before we open our eyes and ears?"
* Other articles


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Event: Tue 24 April 2012: UTS, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Public Lecture: UTSpeaks: More Intervention
"Will the Government’s Stronger Futures law
reforms aid indigenous communities or