Three decades on, the death of Douglas Scott remains unresolved

Douglas Scott

Mr Scott's death was one of the 99 cases examined by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1989. Mrs Scott were shown photographs of Mr Scott hanging in his cell by two lawyers assisting the Commission in the Northern Territory. Mrs Scott said the photographs showed him suspended inches from a grate in the nine-foot-high ceiling with his feet dangling two to three feet from the floor, the noose around his neck made from a plain and tightly twisted sheet that was neatly tied in multiple knots which were tight and close together. She did not believe her husband made the noose.

Could a Tragic chapter of Australian history be unwittingly repeated in a seasonal 'Flu Vaccination Campaign' for First Nations childtren?

Seasonal flu vaccinations have recently been offered free for Aboriginal children aged 5 years and under (the most vulnerable age range for complications) and the possibility of a future TB vaccination campaign has been raised. However, the writer, Jennifer Elliott, warns that infants who have suffered repeated infections should not be immunised - Infants who are borderline or doubtful should not be immunised and routine BCG vaccinations (for TB) should be abandoned. Only those infants under special risk should receive this material.They can have it at a chemist shop with no proper examination for ear infections etc

Researcher calls for recognition of Frontier Wars

A researcher, who presented alarming numbers of the deaths in Queenslands Frontier Wars between 1788 and 1930 to the Australian Historical Association, said the estimated figure of 65,180 was "conservative" and could be as high as 115,000.

The co-author of the report, historian Professor Raymond Evans, said the calculations were based on official records, witnesses' reports and the number of patrols undertaken by the colonial Queensland government's Native Police. - Pictured: Historian Professor Raymond Evans

Genocide in Australia: Crimes against Australias First Nations peoples

Australia's Genocide Record

The genocidal practices perpetrated against Australian Aborigines were the outcome of policies adopted and implemented by all Australian governments from British settlement in 1788 until the present. A people who had virtually no contact with the outside world, were suddenly confronted with a hostile and alien force. Aborigines were forced out of their traditional homes, hunted like wild animals, poisoned or shot, and confined to the harshest and most desolate climes. The effect of British settlement upon these people led to near extinction within 120 years.

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies has published a report detailing this history. Entitled Genocide in Australia, it was written by Professor Colin Tatz, director of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies at Sydney's Macquarie University.

Brisbane to be in lockdown for G20 - police plans underway

South Brisbane is set to become a mini-fortress during next year's G20 forum with steel fencing to be erected around part of the suburb and many residents required to use access passes to move in and out of their homes.

The Queensland Police Minister, Jack Dempsey, is already planning to suppress the First Nations G20 protesters by attempting to contain them in Musgrave Park.

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Victoria's silent shame

Australia's head in the sand approach to 'contact' on the Australian frontier is also legendry. 200-odd years on and Australian children are still denied the truth about the so-called 'founding' of this nation. That said though, a few paragraphs of this Footprints story about contact in Victoria and you can perhaps see why ignorance and silence was widely practiced.

White invaders had come ever so close to extinguishing Tasmanian Aboriginals all together and most Australians wouldn't have a clue one of the world's most horrendous mass murders took place on home soil.

Govt's Gift to Australian First Nations people - 'A brand new stolen generation'

Since the Northern Territory Intervention began in 2007, the rate of child removals in the NT has increased by 80 percent. In Queensland the number of children removed from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families has increased by 42 percent since 2007.

Nearly half of these children taken by the Department of Community Services have been placed with non-Indigenous foster families or carers. In the NT, nearly two-thirds of the children removed have been placed with non-Indigenous foster families.

Australia Council asked me to prove I'm Aboriginal

Jack Charles's indigenous background is hardly a secret. His mother was a Bunnerong woman, his father a Wiradjuri man, Charles was born in Melbourne in 1943 and is one of Australia's most renowned Aboriginal actors.

And then there is the colour of his skin.

Yet that is not enough for the federal government's arts funding body, the Australia Council, which has demanded Mr Charles prove his Aboriginality before it will consider his application for a grant to write a book.

Conspiracy Of Silence' - Blood baths of the past by Dr. Timothy Bottoms

As Europeans moved into new lands in Queensland in the 19th century, violent encounters with local Aboriginals mostly followed. Drawing on extensive original research, Timothy Bottoms tells the story of the most violent frontier in Australian colonial history.

He says he debunks "the pioneering myth" that Australia was settled in a peaceful manner.

"This is an important, well researched book: challenging, compelling and controversial. It is a must read for anyone interested in Australian history." - Henry Reynolds

We have to stop the creation of another Stolen Generation

Last month, friends from a remote community in the Northern Territory called me in shock. Police had turned up unannounced with child protection workers to take a young child from a local family. The child was driven many hundreds of kilometres away and placed in a non-Indigenous foster home. The grounds for removal were a “mandatory report” from the local clinic that the child was losing weight. Clinic staff said no support had been offered to the family before removal.

... Sorry Day (May 26) was the anniversary of the 'Bringing Them Home Report' in 1997 ...