Posts Tagged ‘race relations

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

Dec 22, 2009 | 10 Comments

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

By Dave Price I once asked an old Warlpiri man from Yuendumu, who’d worked as a police tracker for many years, why there were so many young Aboriginal blokes locked up in the Alice Springs jail. He answered; “There’s yapa (Aboriginal law) here,” indicating with his raised right hand, “and there’s kardiya (whitefella law) here,” raising his left hand. “Those young fellas are running around in the middle. They don’t know.” This same old man’s response to a member of the parol...Read more

A voice for change

Dec 09, 2009 | 3 Comments

A voice for change

“We need an act, we need laws that recognize that the problem now is blackfellas killing blackfellas and killing themselves. If a law like the Racial Discrimination Act gets in the way of doing that then it must be changed. We are different, we are special, we have special needs. We are caught in a trap. They want us to be citizens with the same rights but then they want us to keep our culture with no changes. How can we do both?” BESS PRICE speaks out....Read more

Independent Anderson

Dec 02, 2009 | 1 Comment

`I just suddenly realised, being a member of parliament within the Labor Party and being a minister, how you just can’t have a voice , You’re just so much gagged from having an opinion … it’s either spin or nothing” `A whole family structure just moves into town, so it’s one renal patient, 27-30 people, out of that there might be seven to ten schoolchildren who don’t go to school’ Either we can sit back for the next 40 years and keep putting the $500 or $600,0...Read more