Is This What It Means To Be Christian?

Is This What It Means To Be Christian?

After 30 plus years as a humble community worker I cannot yet understand why we choose to walk past the tragedy wrought by intergenerational trauma, but we will fund a rich man to help him fight a legal dispute about a job.

The Announcement today that GoFundMe closed Israel Folau’s GoFundMe page has left me feeling confused. We should respect his right to express his religious beliefs, Australia is a democratic society I feel I must defend his right to hold those beliefs and to practice his faith. I do not understand why people would donate to fight a contract dispute?

Trauma Informed Care – A Community Initiative

Trauma Informed Care – A Community Initiative

Located just a short distance south of Adelaide River, Mt Bundy Station has long been a favourite place to visit for Territorians and tourists alike. The property, which has been on the market since 2012, has also sparked the imagination of one Darwin-based NGO dedicated to making a positive difference in the area of youth diversion and ultimately, the wider Territory community.

Locking up kids damages their mental health ….. Is this what we want?

Locking up kids damages their mental health ….. Is this what we want?

Reports this week of an Indigenous boy with a disability held naked for days in a Brisbane police cell have once again raised the issue of how best to treat our most vulnerable young offenders, and the impact of their incarceration.

These impacts are long-term and stark, affecting both young people’s mental health and the course of their lives. Indigenous children and those with a disability are among children particularly at risk of the impacts of incarceration.

Suicide of 15 year old Aboriginal boy in Don Dale a result of NT punitive culture

Suicide of 15 year old Aboriginal boy in Don Dale a result of NT punitive culture

The public outcries come and go but the broken and ruined lives of Aboriginal children in detention in NT and WA continue to mount up. Gerry Georgatos warns the toll may eventually become insurmountable.

AT DON Dale juvenile detention centre, a 15-year-old orphaned Aboriginal boy took his life only days after being locked up for committing $90 worth of “crimes”. How many Australians know about Johnny Warramarrba? Johnny’s mother died when he was a baby. His dad was killed in a car accident when he was eleven. When he committed his less than $90 worth of “crimes” – the stealing of pens and stationery – his grandmother was seriously ill in Darwin Hospital.