Originally published by New Matilda on February 10, 2016 ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned – he didn’t, for example, appoint […]Read more "White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap"
Originally published by New Matilda on December 15, 2015 With the change of government in Canada, hard questions are being asked about hundreds of ‘missing’ Aboriginal women. As Amy McQuire reports, there are striking similarities between the treatment those women received and a number of cases in Australia. In 1990, Aboriginal woman Muriel Craig Walker […]Read more "In Canada And Australia, Aboriginal Women Reporting Disappearances Meet Entrenched Police Racism"
Originally published by New Matilda on November 24, 2015 As a coronial inquest continues into the death of a young Aboriginal woman in West Australia, Amy McQuire looks back at the warning signs ignored by a nation. In 1982, Aboriginal mother-of-five Nita Blankett was serving a six month sentence for driving offences at Bandyup Women’s […]Read more "The More Things Change: Female Black Lives Don’t Matter. If They Did, Ms Dhu Would Still Be Alive"
Originally published by New Matilda on August 4, 2015 On this day last year, a 22-year-old Yamitji woman died in custody after being jailed in South Hedland for $1,000 in unpaid fines. She had committed no crime. Twice in the lead up to her death the young woman was transported to South Hedland Health Campus […]Read more "A Year After Her Death, The Family Of Julieka Dhu Have Been Failed"
Originally published by New Matilda on July 27, 2015 Last week, a 23-year-old non-Indigenous man in Darwin walked free after a hit and run that killed a 8-year-old Aboriginal boy – Jack Sultan Page. Michael Alexander, who was also charged and fined for possession of methamphetamine, faced a 10-year maximum jail sentence. Instead he was […]Read more "Imaginary Spear Outrages Australia. Slap On The Wrist For Hit And Run Death Of Black Child Doesn’t"
Originally published by New Matilda on June 18, 2015 Social media users have called on Aboriginal youth who have escaped from the Don Dale Detention centre to be ‘shot’, used for target practice, or fried on electric fences after NT Police uploaded pictures of juvenile offenders on their official social media accounts, calling into question […]Read more "Calls For Aboriginal Juvenile To Be Shot For Target Practice After Public Shaming By NT Police"
Originally published by New Matilda on June 12, 2015 One of the most common and distressing things that all families of death in custody victims have to endure is the long wait for answers. An unimaginable grief for people who have sometimes lived a lifetime of grief builds as they deal with the few details […]Read more "In The NT, Streamlined Police Paperwork Takes Priority Over Black Deaths In Custody"
Originally published at New Matilda on May 1, 2015 Broad sweeping statements about family violence in Aboriginal communities and calls to punish perpetrators more harshly could adversely affect Aboriginal women, who are the fastest growing demographic in prison, a leader of a new campaign to cut rising Indigenous incarceration rates has warned. The newly formed […]Read more "COAG Urged To Fight Root Causes Of Indigenous Incarceration"
Originally published by New Matilda on April 15, 2015 It has been 24 years today since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The long-running commission, which stretched from 1987 to 1991, investigated 99 deaths in custody. But do you remember any of their names? It’s almost as if those 24 years meant nothing. […]Read more "Twenty-Four Years Later The Black Tears Still Flow"
Originally published by New Matilda on December 4, 2014 A police officer who beat an Aboriginal man to death on Palm Island just over a decade ago after arresting him for swearing, has been questioned in a Queensland court over his use of force after a man allegedly swore at him on the Gold Coast. Senior […]Read more "Palm Island Killer Cop Questioned Over Violent Arrest"