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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.

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.

NGOs release alternative to Queensland Uranium Implementation report - a toxic mess not worth the export dollars

At 2pm March 18th the Queensland Uranium Implementation Report is expected to be released by the LNP government. This report is expected to give the green light for uranium mining in Queensland. In October 2012 the LNP government broke its clear commitment not to allow uranium mining in Queensland. This commitment was the position of the LNP at the March 2012 state election and was reaffirmed after they took office. In the absence of open, inclusive and evidence based policy making the Newman LNP government has set up the Uranium Implementation Committee.

Brutal gang-rape in India is a call to everyone, worldwide, to ensure changes

Gerry Georgatos - Inhumanity knows no bounds just as equal to humanity's limitlessness. Recently, in Pakistan a fourteen year old school girl was shot the in head by the Taliban for speaking up for the right of young girls to an education. They stopped the school bus bringing home the children and shot the young Malala. On March 31 a Ukranian teenager died after a brutal gang rape. On December 16 the ugliest inhumanity was broadcast to the whole world when a 23 year old physiotherapy intern was gang raped on a bus in Delhi.

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Is non-sniffable fuel really the answer?

Gerry Georgatos
The Western Australian remote Aboriginal community of Jigalong is renewing calls for non-sniffable fuel to combat substance abuse and anti-social behaviour, however some ask is this really the answer. Jigalong is near the heart of the mining boom and yet the majority of its Aboriginal peoples languish - they say 'what mining boom?'

Michelle Lovegrove (SBS) interviews journalist Gerry Georgatos returned from Roebourne & Yindjibarndi CEO Michael Woodley

SBS Living Black Michelle Lovegrove interviews Gerry Georgatos on stark contrasts between Yindjibarndi poverty and the wealth nearby, and then Michelle continues on with an interview with Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation CEO Michael Woodley.

https://www.yousendit.com/download/WUJhYnV5Tk1VVG5MYnNUQw

This interviews says quite a lot about it everything wrong in the Pilbara and for Indigenous people all over Australia.

The National Indigenous Times – ‘voice to the voiceless’

Published at Indymedia courtesy of the National Indigenous Times (12.12.2012) - Photo courtesy of the National Indigenous Times, by Geoff Bagnall; January 26, Lobby Restaurant

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FMG/Yindjibarndi - mining deal bombshell - whistleblower blows the lid on Wirlu-murra

The National Indigenous Times has run the story of the year - reporter Gerry Georgatos covers solicitor Kerry Savas' claims which blows the lid on the Wirlu murra and FMG - circulate this story, it's the big one that may change things - http://nit.com.au/news/2167-exclusive-mining-deal-bombshell.html
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation—BULLETIN
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/
Wednesday 31 October 2012
ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER DROPS FMG MINING DEAL BOMBSHELL

Nauru - Governments normalising racism while people suffer and die - "there is the smell of death here"

Gerry Georgatos
The veils and layers of racism are myriad – a trickle of humanity flees from persecution and horrific conditions, from civil strife, to our shores and Australian Governments react with racism, fall into the trap of justifying their racist actions, deeds and words and then normalise the racism and stereotype peoples.

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