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our hearts should gently weep.

An Australian television investigation has brought to public awareness practices within the Northern Territory juvenile justice system that rival Guantanamo Bay at its worst. Youths, mainly indigenous, aged between 10 and 17 have been kept in solitary confinement, stripped naked, thrown about their cells by adult males, hit, sprayed with capsicum spray, and strapped to chairs with spit hoods over their heads when they threaten self-harm. 302 more words


The Week That Was - July 24 to July 30

This week’s main focus was the allegations arising from Monday’s Four Corners story about juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. Basically there’s been some pretty terrible stuff happening to the young people there. 321 more words


The Pain Game

He learned these streets early

rolled dice in drive-bys

delved into hustle with both hands.

Hope strung like an addict on 5th Street

no home no where… 83 more words

Say Her Name

When I heard about Philando Castile being shot in his car in front of his girlfriend and daughter, I immediately thought of India Kager. Last Labour Day weekend, India was in Virginia Beach visiting Angelo Perry, the father of her then four month old son. 693 more words


How Can I Make My Students Republicans?

“I know a lot of guys here hold anger against their fathers. I don’t blame my dad for not being around,” the articulate and thoughtful young man asserted, “he wasn’t given the opportunities that other people have had.” … 984 more words



Flinders Street is an appropriate location for the broadcast of the unfolding #handsoffAboriginalkids events on the national day for protesting the abuse of children in detention.  983 more words

Quandamooka Festival

Institutional and Community Responses to the Crisis of Indigenous Youth Detention

In 2011 the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs described the rising rates of Indigenous children in juvenile detention as a ‘national crisis,’ with ‘potentially disastrous repercussions for the future.’ The Committee declared an ‘urgent need for governments and Aboriginal organisations to devise strategies… to reduce the rate at which Aboriginal juveniles are involved… in the criminal justice systems.’ A debate currently exists between State and Territory Governments, who have adopted increasingly punitive and harsh sentencing frameworks for young people in hope of deterrence, and Indigenous communities and the NGO/community sector, who endorse community-based solutions to address the crisis.  2,097 more words