Help end indigenous suffering – Kevin Rudd


Australians must move forward from reconciliation to directly help improve the lives of the nation’s indigenous people, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says. Mr Rudd says a cultural shift was under way, but there are too many indigenous Australians who don’t get a fair go. Achieving real change will require the effort from the entire community, he says, encouraging everyone to play a role in closing the gap. “We know the apology was not the end of the healing process. It was only the beginning,” he said at the GenerationOne campaign launch in Sydney tonight. “It started the building of momentum in our society – momentum which we must now maintain and even accelerate. “We must build on the growing recognition that indigenous business is everyone’s business.”


Racism and cover-up pervade response to deaths in custody
Suvendrini Perera; 19/3/10; (2 Items)
Aborigines, Sudanese and asylum seekers are subject to brutality. They see the colour first, mate,” Koyock Gumwel, a young African-Australian, told a reporter in Melbourne. Meanwhile, police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland, though conceding there were some racists in Victoria Police, was busily detailing the steps taken to combat police racism, from neighbourhood soccer games to visits to Sudan in pursuit of cultural understanding. What are the factors that converge in the stark experiences of 21-year-old Gumwel on a Melbourne street? Global, national and local forces are all in play, and racism old and new entwines. On the other side of the country, hundreds of protesters gathered at the West Australian Parliament this week to hear about the death in custody of a 33-year-old Aboriginal man in Perth. Some of his six children huddled quietly on the steps, oblivious to the cameras and slogans. Their shock is palpable. He should have been in hospital, not prison, his brother said. He should not be dead.