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Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘evicts’ Commonwealth from Canberra’s Lobby restaurant

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From left, Ngunnawal representative Charlie Brown, Aboriginal elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, and Ngunnawal representative Nioka Coe outside the Lobby restaurant on Monday. Photo: Jamila Toderas

by Sherryn Groch, Canberra Times, Nov 6, 2017

It’s hosted Canberra’s prime ministers, diplomats and brides but now the iconic Lobby restaurant is home to a quiet occupation.

Nioka Coe, a Ngunnawal person, joined forces on Sunday with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to “reclaim” the restaurant in an act of sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry

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Australia: man who ran over Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty jailed for three years

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Elijah Doughty, 14, was found dead and an unidentified 55 year old man was been charged with manslaughter.

by Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, July 21, 2017

A Kalgoorlie man who admitted to running over and killing Indigenous teenager Elijah Doughty has been found not guilty of manslaughter, but was sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Australia On this day: Pemulwuy is killed

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BY Angela Heathcote, Australian geographic, June 1, 2017

ON 2 JUNE 1802, Pemulwuy was killed, bringing an abrupt end to his long- fought battles with encroaching British settlers. Two European colonisers shot dead the Indigenous resistance fighter – an original inhabitant of Toongabbie and Parramatta area, determined to Indigenous ownership of the land. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Burnt remains of the police station and courthouse on Palm Island following the 2004 riots.

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to  Holocaust victims.  Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Thousands march against Invasion Day celebrations

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Thousands march in Brisbane against Invasion Day/Australia Day, Jan 26, 2017.

By Lucy Mae Beers and Ollie Gillman and Max Margan, Daily Mail, Jan 26, 2017

A fight has erupted between police and thousands protesting ‘Invasion Day’ after a man allegedly tried to set fire to a flag.

Protesters draped in Aboriginal flags marched through Ultimo in Sydney on Australia Day, labelling the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 as a ‘day of killing’. Read the rest of this entry

White Man’s Manslaughter. Black Man’s Murder. White Man’s Riot. Black Man’s Uprising.

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Riot police face protesters after death of 14 year old Elijah Doughty, August 2016.

By Chris Graham, New Mathilda, August 31, 2016

The violent clashes between police and protestors in Kalgoorlie yesterday followed the charging of a 55-year-old man with manslaughter over the death of a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy, Elijah Doughty. Twelve police officers were injured, dozens of Aboriginal people are expected to be arrested, police vehicles have been damaged, and court house windows were smashed. Media are calling it a riot. But one person’s riot is another person’s uprising, writes Chris Graham. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginals attack court and cops after 14 year old killed

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Elijah Doughty, 14, was found dead and an unidentified 55 year old man has been charged with manslaughter.

Protesters smash up courthouse as racial tensions erupt after Aboriginal boy, 14, was found dead in the bush next to a stolen motorbike – and a man, 55, is charged with manslaughter

By Freya Noble and Peter Devlin, Daily Mail, August 30, 2016

People smashed windows and jumped on police cars at a West Australian courthouse after a protest over the death of a local teenager turned violent.

A 55-year-old man, who cannot be named, was due to appear at a court in Kalgoorlie, east of Perth, charged with the manslaughter of a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy, Elijah Doughty.

The boy’s body was found in nearby bushland on Monday morning.

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Australia: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

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Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons.

On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators.

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Australia orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked

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An aboriginal youth is shackled to a chair and hooded in this still from a video. Photo: CBC News.

Thomson Reuters July 27, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair.

Footage of the abuse of six Aboriginal boys in a juvenile detention centre sparked renewed criticism of Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people, or Aborigines, and their high imprisonment rate. Read the rest of this entry