Dozens of confidential documents, including a child protection investigation and a child death file, have been found at the Alice Springs tip shop, in a major privacy breach involving the Northern Territory Families department.The files relate to 46 clients and staff members of Territory Families dating back to 2009
The number of Aboriginal children coming to the attention of the Northern Territory’s child protection system is at epidemic proportions and likely represents a humanitarian crisis, an inquiry has heard.The NT child protection system is struggling to cope with a more than doubling in notifications and substantiated concerns since 2007, the year the federal government launched its controversial intervention in remote Aboriginal communities, a royal commission heard.Half of Aboriginal children born in the NT have had at least one notification of a child protection concern by the age of 10 and one in four have had a substantiated concern, clinical child psychologist and researcher Professor Sven Silburn said.
Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures.I’ll never forget the day the Government announced the Northern Territory Intervention.It was a decade ago and I had been a Senator for two years.I knew the going would be tough; John Howard controlled both houses of the Federal Parliament, decisions were being made that carved away at important industrial relations protections and our social safety net
The Redfern Indigenous community has denied support for the Pemulwuy Project at The Block, despite such claims from the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC).The AHC recently lodged an application to the Department of Planning to increase student accommodation. To support the increase from 154 to 500 students, the building will need to be ten stories higher than the original plan.Nathan Moran, the CEO of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC), said it’s a big lie for the AHC to promote they have support from the Aboriginal community of Redfern.“We are the Aboriginal community of Redfern, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Whether the Aboriginal Housing Company likes that or not, we are the authority legislated to speak and we have never supported this development,” he said.Mr Moran said the AHC didn’t consult the MLALC in regards to the modifications.“I’m quite shocked that we have not even had the courtesy of a conversation from the housing company,” he said.
Standing against a stark background, his young subjects stare directly into the camera, their big eyes revealing souls aged too soon.”They’re children in age, but they’re not, in a way. They’re grown up,” Muheisen told National Geographic in June 2016. “I looked at a 5-year-old girl’s face and I touched my face — and my face was softer than hers, for God’s sake,” Muheisen said. “So that’s why I came close with my camera to show all these details in their faces.”Here’s a selection of Muheisen’s striking photos of the world’s child refugees.
Source: The old souls of child refugees
The body camera footage of a recent protest against President Trump’s immigration policies in Tucson shows an 86-year-old woman, weighing less than 100 pounds and standing about 4 feet, 5 inches tall, approaching police officers and pointing at them as she shouted indiscernible words.Then, a police officer appears to push her arm, causing her to fall backward and hit her head on the pavement. As a 65-year-old woman beside her reaches down to help the woman up, an officer pepper-sprays her in the face, temporarily blinding her and causing her to turn away in pain.The video footage, released Friday by the Tucson Police Department to a local television station, illustrates the tense clashes from the Feb. 16 protest there that began peacefully but soon escalated as protesters reportedly began disrupting rush-hour traffic. Three police officers sustained minor injuries and four protesters were arrested.